Fayette County

City begins picking up discarded trees

City pickup of discarded Christmas trees — which will be turned into mulch — began Monday in Lexington.

The city's Division of Streets, Roads and Forestry began picking up trees in areas served by private garbage haulers. In areas served by the city's Division of Waste Management, the trees will be picked up on residents' normal garbage-recycling-yard waste pickup days.

Residents in the areas served by private haulers have until Jan. 16 to put their discarded real trees on the curb for pickup, said Sam Williams, acting director of Streets, Roads and Forestry. In areas served by the city, the trees are considered part of the yard-waste program and there is no cutoff date for placing them on the curb.

In both programs, residents should make sure they remove all ornaments and tinsel. The trees are taken to the city's Haley Pike compost facility to be recycled into mulch, which is given away to citizens who want it.

Residents in apartment complexes need to place their trees by a curb also, even if they don't have curbside trash collection.

For more information, call LexCall at 311.