City offers holiday tree disposal
1/6/2017, 7:50 p.m.
Christmas is over. But what to do with the holiday tree?
Good news: Richmond once again is offering several ways to safely get rid of live Christmas trees.
First, the city will be hosting a new edition of “Bring One for the Chipper” to recycle trees into mulch.
This year’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1710 Robin Hood Road, just east of the intersection with North Boulevard and across the street from the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, according to the city Department of Public Works.
Along with trees, the department noted, Richmond residents also can bring up to five boxes of documents to be shredded. They also can drop off without charge broken or outdated electronic equipment, such as computer monitors, printers, radios and microwaves. Televisions also will be accepted, but for a fee of $10 to $20, depending on the TV’s size.
Christmas trees also can be dropped off through Friday, Jan. 6, at the city’s two solid waste transfer stations, 3800 E. Richmond Road in the East End or 3520 N. Hopkins Road in South Side, the department stated.
Finally, the department will send a bulk truck to pick up trees left on the curb in front of residents’ homes through Friday, Jan. 20. This service is free, but requires a resident to notify DPW that a tree needs to be picked up. That notice can be provided by calling 311 or 646-7000 and speaking with a customer service agent at the city’s Call Center.
The department notes that a tree left by a Supercan is unlikely to be picked up with the trash because a separate truck is used to collect trees, branches and other such items. — JEREMY M. LAZARUS