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This is the final week that Emmett Sanitation will be picking up Christmas trees for free disposal this year. Each year the local service runs a program in the Emmett City limits to pick up trees the first two weeks of January.

It should be noted that trees must be stripped bare — trees with ornaments, decorations or tinsel will not be taken.

Trees must also be out by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day and visible to collections crews. It’s recommended that the tree should be within one or two feet of the street, alley or roadway where normal service is provided. One tree per household limit.

It is also requested that trees not be placed in gutters or near street drains as debris falling from the tree prior to or during pickup can cause blockages and damage in the drainage system.

The tree pickup is part of the City of Emmett and Emmett Sanitation’s recycling efforts. A leaf pickup program in November is an additional free service provided for home pickups.

Trees and leaves are received directly from citizens of Gem County throughout the year at the JAG transfer station if they are brought separated from other debris and household waste.

Emmett Sanitation also operates a recycling depot on S. Boise that currently accepts cardboard and aluminum cans. This is not a pick-up service but allows citizens to drop off those items at the depot location. It is requested that cardboard be broken down as flat as possible before placing in the containers provided.

In February Emmett Sanitation is going to be adding a plastic recycling opportunity at the depot as well. Beginning Feb.1 they will be accepting milk jugs and No.1 and No.2 rated plastics. You can find the plastic rating on the bottles. Many include a recycling emblem on the label or embossed in the plastic.

All plastics should be thoroughly rinsed out and drained prior to bringing to the depot.

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