People in Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo hoping to dispose of their holiday trees free-of-charge can do so on their regular waste collection day next week, according to RecycleSmart officials.
Customers' natural trees will be picked up by waste hauler Republic Services on garbage day next Monday through Friday. A second opportunity, for customers who miss the original tree collection period, will take place Jan. 16-20.
Natural trees will be collected as part of customers' regular garbage service, but by a separate truck.
Trees can be left at the curbside with green organics waste cart on collection day. Trees 10 feet or taller must be cut in half. Customers must remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and trimmings from branches before placing the tree curbside.
Haulers will not pick up flocked or artificial trees. Customers must remove the tree stands, regardless of if plastic, metal or wood.
The tree pickup in incorporated and unincorporated Danville, as well as unincorporated Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo, is offered by Republic Services through the service contract with RecycleSmart.
RecycleSmart (formally the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority) is a joint powers authority formed among Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County. It is governed by a 12-member board comprised of representatives of the six member communities.
For more information on tree pickup, call 685-4711.
Last week, San Ramon's service provider, Waste Management, announced San Ramon's holiday tree pickup schedule.
For single-family homes, pickups are Jan. 9 to Jan. 13 in San Ramon, and trees will be collected from multi-family properties in the city during the week of Jan. 16.
Trees collected curbside are turned into compost but must be free of snow flocking, tinsel, ornaments, nails and metal stands, according to Waste Management. Customers may place trees at the curb or in a green yard waste cart, and trees placed in carts must be cut to fit inside with the lid closed.
Households serviced by Waste Management may also dispose of one tree, free-of-charge, at the Davis Street Transfer Station at 2615 Davis St. in San Leandro. Residents should bring a copy of their current bill.