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Tis the season ...

SCHUYLER FALLS - Once the warm, fuzzy feeling of the holidays has gone away, there's still much work to be done - at least when it comes to taking down those holiday decorations.

Aside from taking down the Christmas lights and the oversized inflatable lawn snowglobe, there's the annual tradition of taking down the Christmas tree. If you're someone who's opted for an artificial tree, the clean-up is as simple as breaking down the manmade marvel and storing it away until next winter. However, when it comes to real trees, you may sometimes find yourself asking where do they go from here?

Craig Squier, general manager of the Clinton County Landfill, said the facility is again accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge through Saturday, Jan. 30. The annual grace period, which traditionally begins the day after Christmas, waives the $5 fee charged by the landfill for accepting Christmas trees as brush, said Squier.

"Folks probably take their tree down at New Year's or shortly thereafter, but there are some stragglers," said Squier. "Some take it down and it lies on the side of the driveway or the garage and it continues to turn brown. I sometime see some brought in as late as the spring with spring cleaning."

The recycling program incentive, however, often brings in hundreds of trees by the close of the program, said Squier. And, it couldn't be simpler, he added.

"It's self-service; they drive up to the brush pile, untie it from the roof of their car or off the back of their utility trailer or pickup truck and drop it off," said Squier. "It will be very obvious where the brush pile is located."

Because they are run through a wood chipper in the spring, trees brought to the landfill brush pile must be free of lights, ornaments, tree-toppers, tinsel and tree stands, said Squier.

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