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"Running into a chipper with any of those on them would do a number on the chipper blades," he said.

Squier also noted if a tree is brought to the landfill in any sort of binding or bag, it must be removed before the tree is left in the brush pile.

"I know a lot of times it's easier to handle that way if it's started shedding the needles off already," said Squier, "but once they arrive at the brush pile, the outer tree bag needs to be removed."

Squier added a trash receptacle is provided near the brush pile to discard bags and other bindings such as twine or rope.

Wreaths and centerpieces are also accepted, provided those dropping them off assure they are free of any metal or other artificial framework or decorations.

"The problem with most Christmas wreaths is they are mounted on either a homemade frame of metal coat hangers or the store-bought metal frames and quite honestly, most people aren't going to take the time to strip the wreaths off those metal frames," said Squier. "And, that would raise havoc on the chipper with the presence of that metal in there. If they are going to dispose of Christmas wreaths and whatnot, the metal must be removed."

The landfill, located at 286 Sand Road, is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Christmas trees may be dropped off during those hours only.

Those wishing to dispose of their trees may also check with the respective municipal departments of public works or highway departments as well as their private trash haulers to see if tree pick-up service is offered.

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