Area towns plan to collect their residents' discarded Christmas trees during the next few weeks.
The Danville Public Works Department website says holiday greenery will be picked up for two weeks, beginning Dec. 31 and continuing through Jan. 11.
The village of Rantoul says it will pick up Christmas trees during the week of Jan. 7. Residents should put their trees near the curb first thing Monday morning, Jan. 7, to ensure that workers will collect the waste.
The city of Urbana will pick up Christmas trees for two weeks between Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 through its U-Cycle program. Participants should put their trees near the curb no later than 6 a.m. on their regular U-Cycle pickup day during either of those two weeks.
The city of Champaign will also pick up trees for two weeks between Dec. 31 and Jan. 11.
Residents should have their trees no more than 4 feet from the curb before 6 a.m. on their scheduled pickup days. Champaign has published a map showing the pickup schedule on its website at http://bit.ly/Y8fP3P.
In both Champaign and Urbana, trees are taken to the Landscape Recycling Center to be mulched. City officials ask that residents remove all foreign objects from the trees — decorations, stands or plastic bags.
Savoy residents can bring their trees to the public works building at 114 W. Church St., Savoy. After the trees have been collected, workers will dump them into the pond at Colbert Park.