Tupelo public works picking up Christmas trees

By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city of Tupelo is happy to help you de-Christmas your house.
To get rid of your tree, strip it of all lights and ornaments and put it by the curb.
It needs to be off the street but close enough to the curb so the claw grabber from Public Works can pick it up, said Milena Nesbit of Public Works.
Crews from Public Works are picking the trees up, along with other branches and tree trimmings left in front of residential lots. Each street in Tupelo gets serviced about once every week and a half.
If your tree is still on the curb after two weeks, Nesbit said to call (662) 841-6457 for a pickup.
The trees are then taken to the city’s mulch pile where they will be used as fish habitats by the Corps of Engineers or chipped into compost and mulch.
Public Works doesn’t have a cutoff date for curbside pickup of Christmas trees.
If you live in the county or have a tree at work, you can drop it off at the city’s mulch pile on Commerce Street, just south of the Lee County Jail.
Or, until the end of January, you can drop it off at five parks around Tupelo, according to Amanda Daniel at Public Works.
Drop-off points are indicated with signs in the following parks: Ballard, Nichols, Hancock, Veterans and Gum Tree.
carlie.wells@journalinc.com