The City of Elkins Street Department, along with several other organizations throughout the region, is collecting live Christmas trees from area residents.
Those living within Elkins city limits can set their trees outside of the residents, close to the curb, to have them collected by the department. Once families remove decorations and lighting, the trees are picked up and later chipped and recycled.
“We ask that you take off all tinsel, all the decorations off before you put them on the curb, but I know from personal experience, if you have a live tree in your house and it stops drinking water at a certain point, starts to dry up. I do think it is a fire hazard,” said Operations Assistant Melody Himes.
Tree pickup will last through Friday, January 12. City officials are asking residents to place the trees on the curb and not in back alleys where the trees will be difficult to reach.