The Town of West Hartford will begin its annual Christmas tree collection on Jan. 2 this year, according to Director of Public Works John Phillips.
The program typically runs for two weeks, beginning on the first Monday after the New Year's holiday, but the collection will start ahead of schedule this year. "By starting next Wednesday we will get a jump on any early birds," Phillips said in an email.
Phillips said that tree collection is held on the same day as refuse collection and residents should have trees out no later than 6 a.m. on that day. Sometimes crews get ahead of schedule, and for that reason he encourages residents to place their trees at the curb or the right-of-way regardless of their refuse collection day. Trees should be kept out of the street.
Collection is subject to weather conditions and may be delayed if needed. In the event of a delay collection will resume in the refuse collection area the collection was halted.
Trees are ground and recycled into wood chips. Therefore, any plastic bags, ornaments, lights, or stands should be removed before the tree is placed at the curb. These items are not recyclable and present a safety hazard to both equipment and personnel. Trees contaminated with these items will not be collected.
Phillips asks that residents not put trees out this weekend if a snowstorm is still being predicted. "Not having the trees buried in snow helps expedite the collection process," he said.
Updates on the status of the collection will be available on the Town’s website.
Residents who wish to bring their trees to the town Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Street may do so from Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday hours at the Recycling Center will resume in late March.
Please call the Department of Public Works at 860-561-8100 if you have any questions.