TRURO - Colchester County residents are being reminded there is a proper time and way to dispose of real Christmas trees.
Darlene Proctor, Colchester County's waste reduction manager, confirmed with the Truro Daily News that Christmas trees will be picked up throughout the county during a two-week period. Beginning Jan. 7 to 11, the urban areas of the county, including Bible Hill, Hilden, Salmon River, Greenfield, Truro Heights, Valley and Brookside, as well as the Town of Truro, will be served.
Proctor said residents should place their tree, without bags, tree stands or decorations, curbside by Monday at 7 a.m., regardless of what their regular collection day is.
"We don't know when the trucks will go by," advised Proctor.
Real trees only should be placed behind the sidewalk to avoid street and sidewalk plows and pedestrian traffic. Trees that are buried beneath snow may be missed.
During the week of Jan. 14 to 18, rural areas of the county, including Glenholme, Five Islands, Nuttby Mountain, Tatamagouche, Brule, Earltown and South Colchester will be served. Trees should also be curbside that Monday morning at 7 a.m.
Residents of Stewiacke will have their trees picked up on Jan. 18th only. As with the other communities, trees should be curbside early that morning.
For people who miss the deadline or want to dispose of their trees using another option, there are two possibilities. They can drop them off at the balefill site, on Mingo Road, in Kemptown between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
In Truro, trees can be taken to Nova Tree Co. on Willow Lane. Drop off hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays. There is no disposal fee.