Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 28, 2013

City offers to pick up Christmas trees

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Ho ho ho? No! Boo hoo hoo!! Christmas is over. The beautiful lights and amazing ornaments are coming down off that magnificent Christmas tree.

Which leaves Jacksonville residents — those who live within city limits, that is — with a conundrum. What to do with the tree?  

Well, good news!

"This year, if you call us at city hall we'll send a crew on Wednesdays to go pick the tree up in front of your house," said City Manager Mo Raissi.

In the past, there has been a city drop-off spot, but it received minimal response, Raissi explained.

The new pickup program is designed to make life easier for everyone involved.

Just call the city at  (903) 586-3510 on a Wednesday and make a retrieval request.

Officials said the new program should last through much of January.

"Let us know on Wednesdays after the New Year," Raissi said. "We'll probably be doing this a couple of weeks. Just remember — no ornaments."

The trees will be used at the local fish habitat in the lake, Raissi said.

Jacksonville Fire Chief Paul White, meanwhile, warned residents to be careful with their dry Christmas trees and move them out of their home as quickly and carefully as possible.

"Because of the humidity, the trees dry up in the winter and the pine needles from the tree burn like crazy," the fire chief said. "It's unbelievable how fast they burn. They are extremely dangerous."