As local residents begin to take down their holiday decorations, they have several options for disposing of fresh-cut Christmas trees.
Local cities like Sherman and Denison will collect live trees, though they each require that all ornaments and decorations be removed before the trees are discarded.
Sherman residents can dispose of live trees with the city’s regular bulk/brush pickup schedule or at the city’s Solid Waste Center.
“Families can bring their tree to the solid waste center at 811 S. East Street so long as they are decoration-free,” Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said via text message. “Alternately, they can hold onto them until their regularly scheduled bulk pick up day.”
January’s brush collection in Sherman will begin Monday in the southeast quadrant of the city before moving counterclockwise each Monday for the rest of the month. Christmas trees and other brush should be separated from any bulk waste items to be picked up. Artificial trees being thrown away should be placed with the bulk waste items, as they cannot be composted.
Denison residents can put fresh-cut and artificial trees next to their normal trash for collection as per the normal schedule, including on New Year’s Day this week. They can also place them in their normal area for brush and limbs as the city is planning a special pick up for those this week.
“We’ll do a special run just for the trees,” Public Works coordinator Diana Brown said. “They won’t pick up anything else, just the Christmas trees. So this is not the time to put brush and limbs out.”
New Year’s Day falling on a Monday this year won’t interfere with any regularly scheduled collections as officials with both cities said trucks will run as normally scheduled.
“We’re picking up on Monday,” Brown said. “The only time that our trucks do not run on holidays is Christmas Day. We run a little earlier than usual, but we run every holiday. Christmas Day is the only day we don’t run.”
Denison residents can also take their trees to the city’s collection center for free disposal. Denison’s collection station is located at 300 W. FM 84 at the north end of Munson Park.
Residents throughout the county can also dispose of trees at the Precinct 1 maintenance facility at 1312 East FM 1417, which is a couple of miles east of Hwy. 75 in Sherman.