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Posted on: December 27, 2016

Citizens Can Discard Christmas Trees During Curbside Pick-up of Garbage and Recycling

Residents of the City of Twin Falls can dispose of old Christmas trees at no additional cost by simply placing the trees next to their garbage and recycle bins. Residents are asked to cut the trees into sections of 3-feet or less — most trees only need to be cut in half — and then place it next to bins for curbside pick up.

The city previously asked residents to dispose of old Christmas trees at a disposal station located at 136 Maxwell Ave. However, the station was closed in 2015 because the city now offered a more convenient curbside pick-up of old Christmas trees. Increased costs, low participation among residential customers, illegal dumping of hazardous materials, and new permitting requirements by the U.S. Department of of Environmental Quality also prompted the closure of the station.

“Curbside pick-up of old Christmas trees is often more convenient for our customers, who can usually just cut their old tree in half and discard it with their garbage and recycling,” said Josh Palmer, Public Information Officer with the City of Twin Falls. “There is no need to haul it to another location for disposal, and it’s a service that is provided at no additional cost to our customers.”

The city also realizes a cost savings for curbside pick-up of old Christmas trees. Old trees were previously chipped at the disposal station and then made available to the public at no cost, however, low demand resulted in the accumulation of several tons of unwanted wood chips that had to be shipped to the landfill at an annual cost of about $50,000. Money and resources that were saved by discontinuing chipping, were put into road maintenance and offsetting increased costs in garbage and recycling services to residents.

Residents may also discard old Christmas trees, leaves, and other refuse up to 280 pounds at the Southern Idaho Solid Waste Transfer Station located at 2186 Orchard Drive East. The Transfer Station charges a fee for disposal based on the total weight of materials being discarded.

For more information about the Transfer Station’s services and hours of operation, please call Southern Idaho Solid Waste at 208-734-3139. For more information about the City of Twin Falls’ garbage and recycling services please call 208-735-7249 or 208-735-7250.