Middletown Christmas Tree Collection Begins January 4; disposable wood chips

An Old Greenwich man unloads his Christmas tree from the trunk of his car before placing it in the recycling pile at Greenwich Point in this file image. Middletown offers free recycling this year.

File photo from Hearst Connecticut Media

MIDDLETOWN – The city’s Christmas tree collection and recycling program this year will continue as of January 4, weather permitting. Heavy snow will delay harvesting.

Middletown Public Works trucks will drive the streets for two weeks to collect curbside Christmas trees, according to a press release. This special program is being provided to residents as part of the city’s overall effort to reduce waste and reuse and recycle discarded materials, he said.

Trees can be taken to the recycling center for free or placed on the sidewalk for crews to collect during the first two weeks of January, weather permitting. All trees should be prepared accordingly: decorations, including tinsel, should be removed; plastic bags are not accepted; and trees should be placed at the lower end facing the sidewalk, staff said.

Proof of residency is required to enter the transfer station, which is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The Christmas trees are chipped, along with regular brush, and the chips are given away to residents and businesses, according to the department. Large quantities of wood chips (more than five cubic yards) can be delivered to residents.

For information, contact the Middletown Recycling Coordinator, Kim O’Rourke, at 860-638-4855 or email [email protected]

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