La Crosse Christmas tree disposal begins next week

City asks you leave trees on curb beginning Jan. 3

Now that Christmas is behind us, the city of La Crosse has a few reminders when it comes to getting rid of your trees.

The city will begin picking up and disposing of trees a week from today, weather permitting.

Assistant Street Superintendent Andy Bakalars says if you want the city to pick up your tree, it has to be left in a city boulevard and not in an alley. The trees also must have any tinsel or ornaments removed and should not be covered by a bag, because those items can’t be put through the wood chipper.

“We grind them up and then use them for forestry trails and what have you, so they are being recycled and they are being used,” said Bakalars.

Bakalars says for that reason, the city also can’t accept wreaths because of the wiring used to make them.

Trucks will collect trees through the end of January as long as the weather cooperates.

Last year, the City of La Crosse collected and chipped 1900 trees.