Providence post-Holiday tree disposal schedule announced

PROVIDENCE'S POST-HOLIDAY TREE DISPOSAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
City will end yard debris pickup program for the season on December 12

Curbside pickup of Christmas trees begins on January 12

PROVIDENCE
– As families shop for the perfect tree to brighten their holiday season, the City of Providence is reminding residents of the proper way to dispose of those trees.  Mayor Taveras announced today that the City will begin free, curbside pickup of Christmas trees beginning Monday, January 12, 2015 until Saturday, January 24, 2015. 

The trees will be collected by the City for delivery to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and turned into compost, a natural fertilizer that enriches soil and helps produce healthy plants and trees.  Residents are urged to take the following steps to ensure that their tree will be picked up:

* Place trees at the curb on regular trash collection days
* All ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands must be removed from trees
* Do not place trees in any type of bag

Yard Debris Pickup Program Ends

The City's free, yard debris pickup program that began in the spring will end for the season on Friday, December 12th.  Yard debris must be disposed of in paper yard-waste bags or in an open, waterproof container clearly marked “yard debris.”  Free “yard debris” stickers are available in the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. 

After the December 12th deadline, residents may want to consider composting their yard waste at home or check with your local community garden (a list of community gardens can be found at http://cityof.providenceri.com/provconnex/community-gardens). ; Rhode Island Resource Recovery in Johnston accepts yard waste year-round for a minimum of $30 per ton.  For more information, contact 401-942-1430.

Waste Management will resume pickup of yard debris in April of next year.  For more information, contact the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-2489.