Tree recycling: What to do with the tree after Christmas

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 10:16 a.m.CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 7:40 a.m.CDT

Christmas tree recycling will be available throughout Kane County after the holiday, with some municipalities offering removal programs. Also, there are opportunities for residents to drop off their trees.

One drop-off location will be at the Advance Disposal (Veolia) transfer station, 766 Hunter Drive, Batavia. All decorations and lights should be removed. The cost is $15. Trees may be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 630-879-3587.

Another drop-off location will be at Midwest Compost, 1320 Spaulding Road, Elgin. All decorations and lights should be removed. The cost is $10. Trees may be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For information, call 847-931-2900.

Among the municipalities offering services will be:

• Aurora Township: The Aurora Township Highway Department will have a tree and wreath pickup service for unincorporated areas of the township only. The pickup will take place on Jan. 6. There should be no bags or plastic of any kind, and the cut end should face toward the street. Also, the township will accept trees and wreaths at its facility at 220 Butterfield Road, North Aurora. Drop-off times are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, from Jan. 2 to Jan. 10.

• Batavia: Advanced Disposal will pick up trees on residents' regular collection dates. Residents will not have to use a sticker for tree removal on the designated dates, but after the dates, residents should affix a sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on the normal collection date. All other materials should be removed. Those on the south side of the city (Wilson Street to the south, between Kirk and Randall roads) will have collections on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15. Those on the north side (north of Wilson to Fabyan Parkway between Kirk and Randall roads), will have collections on Jan. 9 and Jan. 16. Those on the far west side (Randall Road west to the city limits) will have collections on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

• Elburn: Trees will be picked up curbside by Waste Management on Jan. 2 and 8. Decorations should be removed.

• Geneva: Tree pickup will take place in the second and third weeks in January without a sticker. A waste hauler will pick them up, not city trucks.

• Maple Park: Trees will be picked up on residents' service day after Wednesday. Pickup will continue through January, and trees must be free of decorations.

• South Elgin – Allied Waste/Republic Services will remove trees through Jan. 16 on normally scheduled refuse days. All decorations should be removed.

• St. Charles: Trees will be removed during the weeks of Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, on both sides of the river, on regularly scheduled refuse days. Trees collected during this period would not require a sticker. After the period, a sticker will be required. Decorations should be removed. Weaths and garland will not be picked up. For information, call 630-377-4405.

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