City collecting Christmas trees |

City collecting Christmas trees

Paul Shockley

Time to lose this year’s Christmas tree?
When you’re ready, the city is, Craig officials said Thursday.
No designated collection points or days are planned, while the city will remove the trees at the same rate regular waste is disposed, according to Allison Bailey, utility billing clerk with the city.
“People can just take them to the end of the curb or driveway as close to their regular cans as possible,” Bailey said.
City rear-end loaders will be making special trips in the coming days specifically to remove trees, she added.
“Hopefully, by next Monday or Tuesday we can have them all picked up.”
Randy Call, director of solid waste collection, said that residents could set trees out regardless if it’s their scheduled collection day.
More than likely, the trees will end up in the landfill, he said.
“Some years we can grind them and recycle for mulch,” Call said. “It really is not a big enough volume to bring a grinder in to do it.”
As with Christmas Day, next-day trash collection for residents is planned New Year’s Day. If scheduled for collection Wednesday, expect trash to be picked up Thursday, according to Craig’s holiday pick-up plan.
Heavier volumes of trash should return to normal by next Friday, Call said.
“It goes up a little bit,” Call said. “A lot of it is cardboard, so weight wise we don’t notice that much difference.”

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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