The city of Waxahachie’s annual Christmas tree pickup is set for Wednesday, Jan. 9.

“People can put their trees out at the curb and the garbage company will pick them up,” said Mary Delbuono, administrative secretary for the city’s Environmental Health Department. “If they need to get rid of their tree sooner, they can take it to the Citizen’s Convenient Station.”

The center, located at 499 Lions Park Road, is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, but will be closed New Year’s Day.

Whether taken to the curb or turned in at the convenient station, Christmas trees must be bare of any decoration or ornaments, including tinsel and ornament hooks.

“They will be mulched, chipped and recycled,” Delbuono said, noting that the mulch, in turn, is made available to residents year-round for use in their yards.

The Christmas tree program is one of several recycling measures available to Waxahachie residents, with leaf and limb pickups also available.

Two citywide free leaf pickups are held each year: the first Wednesday in February and the first Wednesday in November. Residents can schedule additional leaf pickups at a charge of 50 cents per bag. Leaf pickups are done the first Wednesday of each month and residents must call IESI, the city’s contracted garbage collector, in advance to arrange the pickup.

Residents receive four free brush and limb pickups a year, with each pickup equating to 8 cubic yards or the equivalent of the bed of a pickup. Brush and limb pickups also are done the first Wednesday of every month and residents must call ahead to get on the list.

“Or, if residents want, if they have several bags and have the means, they can dispose of them for free by taking directly to the convenient station,” Delbuono said.

To schedule a pickup of leaves or limbs, contact IESI at 972-937-8836.

For more information about the Citizen’s Convenient Station, call 972-937-3367.

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