Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says | Environment
Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.
The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed.
The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.
"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."
Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two.
Since Jan. 22, the city has only had two days that didn't require significant snow and ice work, Dreckmann added.
The Streets Division plans to resume Christmas tree and brush collection the week of Feb. 11, weather permitting.
Residents are asked to dig out any trees of brush that has been covered with snow if possible.