Ditch that Christmas Tree

The city of Newark has published an advisory that collection of old trees will begin on Thursday, January 8th. Be sure to get rid of that dried-out tree as soon as you can as it’s a fire hazard.

Division of Recycling workers and vehicles will pick up discarded trees during that period on the following schedule: Monday, West Ward; Tuesday, East Ward; Wednesday, South Ward; Thursday, North Ward; Friday, Central Ward.

Click through for the full press release.

CITY OF NEWARK TO COLLECT OLD CHRISTMAS TREES JANUARY 8 THROUGH JANUARY 29

Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should be recycled; bring in electrical displays to protect them from weather damage

Newark, NJ – January 2, 2009 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Melvin Waldrop, and Fire Chief Michael Lalor reminded Newark residents that as the December 2008 holiday season ends, the City will commence picking up discarded Christmas trees on Thursday, January 8, 2009, and continue through Thursday, January 29, 2009.

Division of Recycling workers and vehicles will pick up discarded trees during that period on the following schedule: Monday, West Ward; Tuesday, East Ward; Wednesday, South Ward; Thursday, North Ward; Friday, Central Ward.

“It’s that time of year again when we have to wrap up the December holiday season with the start of a New Year. Proper disposal of old Christmas Trees and storage of electrical decorations will not only support our city’s recycling programs but prevent unnecessary tragedies that can result from a fire,” Mayor Booker said. “I urge all residents to be good neighbors and responsible citizens by discarding old trees and maintaining their property.”

Chief Lalor said that residents should “Dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, in the garage, or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays, to prevent hazards, and make them last longer. Electrical displays should also be inspected for frayed wiring and damaged bulbs.”

Director Waldrop noted that the tree collections are timed for the same day as each ward’s “White Goods” Recycling Collection Day. “White Goods” are large appliances, often white-colored, such as refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, and computers. “Residents should take advantage of these dual pick-ups to have both their trees and their White Goods removed at the same time so they can have a fresh start to 2009,” he said.

For more information on Christmas tree and White Goods recycling pick-ups, please contact the Division of Recycling at (973) 733-6685, or the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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