It may seem, to many, like you just put up that Christmas tree. But many like to clear out their homes of the festive decorations once the Christmas holiday is over to make way for the New Year.

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If that's you, and your family had a real tree this year, here's what you need to know about disposing of your live trees in the Bangor and Brewer area this year.

If you live in Bangor, you have two options: Drop it off yourself, or have it picked up curbside.

According to the City of Bangor's Website, folks who would like to, once the decorations have been removed from their tree, can drop it off at 530 Maine Avenue, the Bangor Public Works organic recycling yard and the City will take it from there.

Bangor Public Works, Google
Bangor Public Works, Google

"As part of the City’s commitment to recycling, the trees will be chipped, with some chips being used as mulch and erosion control throughout the City.  The remainder will be sold as biomass. We ask that you please remove all wire and/or metal objects from the trees. Residents without means of transportation may place their tree curbside. Curbside collection of trees will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 and run through Friday, January 12, 2024."

Christmas wreath

You should know, however, that while you'd think Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths might be able to be disposed of similarly, you cannot drop your wreath off at the Public Works to be chipped.

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"Wreaths will not be collected for chipping either at the Public Works compound, or curbside.   Discarded wreaths are to be placed curbside with residential trash on the scheduled collection day or may be taken to the Public Works Holiday Waste Collection, January 2nd – 8th."

In Brewer, they've got a system that's worked for decades, and they plan to implement that again.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller

The City of Brewer's website says "The City of Brewer is again offering the convenience to residents of disposing their Christmas trees at the Brewer Auditorium inside the lower entrance off Wilson Street anytime between Tuesday, December 26 and Monday, January 15. "

But it's not just Christmas trees you can pile at the Auditorium this year. If you live in Brewer and have storm debris to dispose of, they'll be collecting that in the same spot, as well.

"To accommodate the increased amount of yard waste, the landfill will be open every day between Tuesday, December 26 and Friday, January 5 (including Saturday, December 30) from 7:30am to 3:00pm.  Whether you are disposing of yard waste or a Christmas tree at either location, please be sure to remove all decorations and the tree stand, and please do not wrap the tree in plastic."

If you're looking for Bangor's storm debris collection plan, you can see that here.

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