Jan. 6 marks the Epiphany, the traditional day to take down the Christmas tree, and for those who get a real tree each year, the day also poses the challenge of how to dispose of it.
In the village of Southampton, the Department of Public Works does all the work. All village residents have to do is drag their trees to the curb. Trees should be places on the grass, rather than directly on the sidewalk or roadway.
Sag Harbor Village, as a courtesy, will also pick up trees complimentary through the end of January. Anyone who waits till February will have to call a commercial waste hauler, who typically charge between $5 and $10 per tree.
Because the town of Southampton does not offer municipal waste pick up, town residents are responsible for bringing their trees to one of three transfer stations, located in Westhampton, Hampton Bays and North Sea, through the end of January. The Sag Harbor waste transfer facility is not accepting trees.
Sagaponack Village residents and Sag Harbor Village residents on the Southampton Town side may self-haul trees to town transfer stations.
Residents may dispose of trees, pine garland and wreaths at no cost, but there is a limit of three trees per resident. Stands and lights must be removed from the trees or they will not be accepted.
Landscapers and commercial haulers must pay their typical truckload fees to drop off the trees.
The trees will be put through a wood chipper then composted or mulched. Residents may then pick up mulch for free for their landscaping and gardening needs, on a first-come, first-served basis at the North Sea, Hampton Bays and Westhampton facilities.