There will be curbside collection of discarded Christmas trees in both Omaha and Council Bluffs this year. Drop-off sites also are an option.
In Omaha, trees to be picked up with regular collections must be prepared according to yardwaste-disposal requirements: all lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, nails, steel or wooden stands, and plastic tree bags have to be removed, and the tree must be cut into 4-foot lengths.
As an alternative, drop-off sites for trees in the Omaha area will be open for use this week through Jan. 15. The sites will be open daily during daylight hours.
The tree collection in Council Bluffs will occur the week of Jan. 7-11, on the same day as a resident's regular collection.
Bluffs residents also may take trees to the Council Bluffs Recycling Center at no charge through the end of January.
Nonresidents and commercial haulers will be charged $5 per tree or $20 per ton. To use the recycling center, the same tree preparations that Omaha requires for curbside collection apply in Council Bluffs.
Because of the holidays this week and next, the schedule for trash and recyclables collection will change for Omaha and Council Bluffs. No collections will be made on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The pickups will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
More holiday reminders:
» Metro buses will operate on a reduced schedule Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Buses will not run Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Find a link to Metro route schedules with this article at Omaha.com.
» All World-Herald subscribers will receive a morning edition on Monday and Tuesday this week and next.