Curbside Christmas tree pickup scheduled for Jan. 4 to 8 in Truro

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Christmas cleanup will be a little easier this year for Truro residents.
The town has instituted a curbside pick up for natural Christmas trees. Truro Sanitation will collect and chip the trees at a cost of $8,800.
Some in the community have been pushing for such a program, similar to what county residents enjoy, for years.
Coun. Raymond Tynes asked the town to investigate such a program in January and it was included in the town's budget for this year on a trial basis.
Years ago, the town used to have what was known as "flame-a-thon", where people took their trees to the Colchester Legion Stadium parking lot and Truro firefighters took care of burning them. In subsequent years, trees could be dropped off at the former landfill site atop Young Street and in more recent years, trees could be taken to Verboom Grinders to be chipped.
In 2010, trees will be collected in Truro during the week of Jan. 4 to 8. There are not specific dates for zones of the town, but the company will continue doing sweeps of Truro streets to get all the trees collected, said director of public works Andrew MacKinnon.
Residents are asked to wait until the week of collection to take their trees curbside and are reminded to ensure the trees do not block the sidewalk and streets or impede snow removal or traffic.
Trees must be free of all decorations and cannot be bagged. Trees bagged or buried under snow will not be removed.
Trees will continue to be accepted at Verboom Grinders, located at 2 Willow Lane. The trees also must be not in a bag and without decorations.

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester Legion Stadium, Young Street

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