MADISON, Wis. -

The Madison Streets Division will start collecting Christmas trees on Monday, according to a release.

Most trees will be processed at the curb with chippers, officials said. The chippers are expensive and can be damaged when foreign material goes through them, so crews are asking residents to follow some guidelines when putting trees out for collection.

  • Remove all tree stands (metal and wood)
  • Remove all lights, ornaments and other objects
  • Remove any tree bags
  • Place trees at the street edge only
  • If it snows, residents are asked to dig out trees

Wreaths, evergreen rope, garlands and boughs will not be collected with holiday trees, according to the release. Those items can be put out during regular garbage collection.

Each neighborhood is scheduled for two collections, officials said. Regardless of which day your garbage collection is, residents should have holiday trees at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Trees put out on the curb on the scheduled days will be collected sometime during the two-week cycle as long as weather permits, according to the release. Snow and ice maintenance on roadways will take priority.

For more information, residents can call 608-267-2088.