The city will be picking up Christmas trees through January 25. Put your tree by the roadside. City crews will drive through each neighborhood several times in the coming weeks and will pick them up, as has been the practice for several years.
Christmas wreaths are treated as trash due to having wire, ribbons, etc. Just put them out on the usual trash pickup day.
The big snowstorm of a few weeks ago broke many branches. You may include those as well, which is a one time service offered this year due to the unusual nature of the storm and coincidence with tree pickup. The debris must be cut to no larger than an average 7 foot Christmas tree and be placed by the roadside. These are city highway workers picking the stuff up by hand and there won't be front end loaders, etc. to pick up the monster stuff, so keep it small. Do not put them in the road. If it snows or sleets on top of them and freezes them down, we'll have a real mess, but we'll deal with that if it happens. You may also take tree branches, etc. to the recycling center on Brookfield Road during the center's normal hours.
You have 3rd District Alderman Ron Balzer to thank for suggesting this. After a review by Mayor Speaker and Director of Public Works Tom Grisa, it was decided this was a reasonable special service that could be accommodated this one time without unusual expense.
You may read more on the city web site. Christmas Tree Pickup
[Note: An earlier version of thsi note had Ald. Blazer instead of Balzer and Director Gris instead of Grisa. I need a better spell checker!]