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Wonder if the city'll take this tree for recycling

Big Christmas tree being taken down at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Ashish Kasturia said good bye to the giant Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall Marketplace today.

This week and next, Boston will pick up residents' un-decorated Christmas trees on their recycling days.

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Not this week, but next week and the week after. We took our tree down last night but will need to hold onto it until next week for it to be chipped and composted.

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They pick up the first two FULL weeks in January. That means they start next week.

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Hope they have a special tool to sort the trees from the regular trash--'cause all the trees on my block wound up in the trash truck this week.

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Those trees are trash.

During the 2 week tree recycling period, a special truck goes around collecting only trees (and greenery I assume). The same way they pick up yard waste when that collection is active.

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I was a bit bummed to see them get tossed, like so many old coffee grounds and candy wrappers.

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That tree costs around $200,000 to cut down, ship, set up, decorate, and cut down again.
Just thought you should know the true cost of big xmas public art.
The xmas lights on the Com Ave Mall cost around $100,000 and get cut off the trees and restrung every year.
If only I could be given that kind of money to make public art. It would last a lot more than a few months.

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Got a cite for those big numbers? And information about where the money comes from?

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Would love to start advocating for earlier tree pick-up. Those of us without yards can't really 'store' trees until the pickup week. And in my hood, trees start hitting the cub on the 26th. On years like this (Xmas on or right after recycling days), holding onto your tree to wait for recycling can be a challenge....

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There should be a 5 cent tax on Christmas trees. A tree is much worse for the environment than a plastic grocery bag.

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It would make great compost and mulch!

Thank you Adam for spreading the word about X-mas tree pick up.

My company, City Soil, is the contractor running the municipal compost facility. To my knowledge the city has never sent us their “big trees,” but I’m happy to ask our partners at BPWD what exactly happens to to these trees and figure out how we can best re-use this embodied energy. Will report back.

As always, don’t forget to remove all tags, tinsel, ornaments lights, metal stands!

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