After the holidays, a Christmas tree has many uses: Place it in the garden or back yard for use as a winter bird feeder. Here is a photo from our local Shelton Land Trust conducting their annual holiday hike, and decorating a tree as a winter bird feeder.
Orange slices, stale bread with peanut butter, and suet attract birds and the branches provide shelter. If you want to make this a family craft project – here is a great video that offers a variety of items you can create and use to turn your Christmas Tree into a Winter Bird Feeder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1hlFuY5JZ0
A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed for mulch in the garden or for window box decor.
The trunk can be used for fuel, woodworking projects, or chopped for mulch. Fir tree foliage can be stripped from the branches and snipped into small pieces for stuffing into aromatic fir needle pillows.
Many municipalities provide curbside pickup of Christmas Trees which are incorporated into mulch or compost for their local parks. Use a search engine to find your town’s Christmas tree pickup process and schedule. Here is a listing of just some local programs (links at start of paragraphs are direct to the Municipality’s website when available).
SHELTON INFO: Christmas Tree CURBSIDE pickup will be during the week of Monday, January 14 thru Friday, January 18, 2019. ON THE SAME DAY AS YOUR SCHEDULED TRASH PICKUP OR Trees may be brought to the TRANSFER STATION Monday-Saturday, 7 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. OR To the COMPOST SITE open Monday-Friday 7 A.M. – 2 P.M. that week only.
BRIDGEPORT INFO: Every year, Christmas trees are collected and brought to the City landfill to be repurposed. The trees are converted into mulch to beautify the 48 parks and City-owned buildings throughout Bridgeport. Christmas tree collection will begin on Monday, January 7th and continue until Friday, February 1st. The City of Bridgeport is asking residents not to place Christmas trees curbside before Monday, January 7th to avoid safety hazards. Place trees curbside at 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled Recycling Day. Please do not put trees outside days prior as they can be buried by snow or blown into streets causing a safety hazard. All trees must be free of decorations, lights, and plastic bags. Artificial trees will not be picked up. Trees can also be brought to the City Transfer Station on 475 Asylum Street, Bridgeport.
DANBURY INFO: The City of Danbury will begin picking up live Christmas trees on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Residents must place their live trees curbside for pick-up. Please note that everything must be removed from the tree in order for it to be picked up. We will not accept trees still containing decorations, tinsel, lights, tree stands or other items. This program is for LIVE trees only. No artificial trees will be picked up. The City’s Highway Department will pick-up trees through January 31st, weather permitting. Residents are encouraged to place their live trees curbside as close to January 2nd as possible to assure your tree is picked up while the trucks are in your neighborhood. There is no set schedule for this free program. Live Christmas trees can also be dropped-off free of charge for Danbury residents, as “wood waste” at Ferris Mulch Products, located on Plumtrees Road.
DERBY INFO: Fresh Christmas trees are not eligible for weekly curbside pickup. However, Derby Public Works offers a special curbside collection in the month of January. Just place the Christmas tree on the curb in front of your home and it will be picked up automatically. There is no need to call to make an appointment for the disposal of Christmas trees.
FAIRFIELD INFO: The Town of Fairfield does not pick up Christmas trees. But a couple of options are available to dispose of your tree. If you have private trash collection you can contact your hauler to see if the hauler is collecting trees. Drop it off at Harvest New England (formerly GreenCycle) free of charge. Harvest New England is located at 295 Richard White Way and is open weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm as well as two Saturdays in January (the 5th and the 12th) from 8 am – 1 pm. A valid ‘A’ beach sticker or dump sticker is required.
MILFORD INFO: The Milford Public Works Department will pick up Christmas trees, but residents may also recycle them. Anyone wishing to recycle trees can bring them to the Walnut Beach or Tri-Beach parking lots on Saturday, Jan. 5, or Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Department of Public Works will be there to chip the trees. For residents who do not to recycle their trees, the Public Works Department will pick up Christmas trees throughout the month of January. Trees should be left at curbside.
MONROE INFO: The Monroe Highway Dept will begin collecting trees on Monday January 14 thru Friday February 1, 2019. Trees will not be picked up after this date. All residents wishing to have their trees picked up must have their trees at the curb by 7:00AM on January 14, 2019. Trees should be free of all accessories and should not be bagged. It is not necessary to call for an appointment. Residents also have the option of taking their Christmas tree to the Garder Road Landfill at 211 Garder Road free of charge on Fridays or Saturdays from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
STRATFORD INFO: The Parks division will begin to collect Christmas trees on January 7th. Tree collection will continue until February 15th, and will go through neighborhoods on a similar cycle as yard waste pick up.
TRUMBULL INFO: The Town does not pick up Christmas trees. They should be taken by your trash hauler or they can be brought by the homeowner to the transfer station located at 101 Spring Hill Road. Trumbull residents may bring “live” Christmas trees to the Transfer Station on Spring Hill Road for free disposal. Please note that trees should not be in plastic bags and all decorations such as tinsel, ornaments and lights must be removed. The town will not be picking up any trees curbside.