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The town has scheduled a Christmas tree drop-off at the Reuse & Recycling Center, 33 Ryder St., for today, Saturday, Jan. 20. This is to be a one-day-only, trees-only collection, from 9 a.m. until noon. No appointment is required to drop off Christmas trees. 

Trees must be completely bare in order to be accepted; residents are to remove all decorations, stands, "snow" and so on; nor may residents bring yard waste, tree branches or even natural holiday decor. According to the town, the trees will be shredded and the wood dispersed to a natural environment.

The announcement noted that garlands, wreaths and so on -- even if made primarily of natural material -- nevertheless contain plastic and metal wire structures, which makes them impossible to shred, unlike the trees. Therefore, residents are being directed to save any such items for yard-waste collection, which is scheduled to begin the week of April 15. 

A state website says that people in Massachusetts on average buy an estimated one million cut Christmas trees yearly. Many try not to throw them away in an effort to avoid wasting reusable resources. 

As a rule, the town of Arlington's Reuse and Recycling Center is open weekdays and weekends for residents by appointment. More information about items eligible for collection can be found here >> 

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This news announcement was published Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, based on information from the town website.