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Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Martin’s Blog

Two Rounds of Christmas Tree Removal

January 2, 2018 9:12 AM

Starting today, Tuesday, January 2nd the Streets Division will begin Christmas tree collection. As in years past, there will be two rounds of tree collection. The first round of Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 2. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 2 in accordance to the rules outlined below will be collected prior to January 16, barring any winter weather complications. Placing your tree to the curb after January 2 could result in your tree not being collected during the first round.

The second round of Christmas tree collection will begin on Tuesday, January 16. Christmas trees placed to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on January 16 will be collected prior to February 1, barring any winter weather complications. If you place your tree to the curb after 7:00 a.m. on January 16, you may miss your final collection round.

Residents electing to have their trees collected at the curb rather than bringing the tree to a drop-off site are strongly encouraged to have their tree curbside prior to January 16. After the second round of tree collection is complete, crews will transition to other priorities. Trees set to the curb after the second round of collection occurs in your neighborhood will sit on the terrace until crews begin regular brush collection in March.

Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands, and boughs will not be collected with Christmas trees. These items regularly contain wire that can jam equipment by becoming entangled inside the chipper. Please place these into your tan refuse cart or private dumpster.

Plowing and other snow and ice control issues take priority over tree collection, and this may cause delays.

Collection Rules

Trees are processed with expensive wood chippers. These machines can be easily damaged by metal, wire, and other foreign material. To protect this equipment and the safety of our workers we ask that all residents follow these rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in your tree being left at the curb.

  • Remove all tree stands regardless of whether they are metal or wood.
  • Remove all light strings, ornaments and other metal objects.
  • Remove any tree bags.
  • Place trees at the street edge only. If trees become buried under snow residents are asked to dig out trees.

Drop-Off Sites

Residents may also bring Christmas trees to a City drop-off site. The sites are located at 1501 West Badger Road on the southwest side and 4602 Sycamore Avenue on the east side. The drop-off sites are open 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. These hours will remain in effect until expanded hours begin on Saturday, March 31.

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