Adrian Ibarrondo and Ron Toth were out at 7 a.m. Monday, hanging onto the back of a city sanitation truck as it made the rounds of Norwalk. But instead of grabbing cans and bags of garbage, the two city workers were hopping off every couple of houses to grab Christmas trees that had been left by the curb for pickup. "It's been really heavy," Ibarrondo said as they cruised through the Spring Hill area just before lunchtime. "We must have gotten over a thousand trees so far."
In a sure sign that the holiday season is over, hundreds of residents place their holiday trees along the road the second week in January. The trees are taken to the city's Smith Street yard waste site and chipped into mulch, which will be used this spring for landscaping projects. Tree pickups will continue throughout the week. The crew will make another pass in two weeks to get the stragglers from the homes of those who can't bear the thought that Christmas is over.
Have you taken down your Christmas tree yet? How do you dispose of your tree?
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