UPDATE: Local groups hold Christmas tree pickup drives

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Snow clings to trees at the Westborough Civic Club’s tree sale location outside Hastings Elementary School earlier this month. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include information on Marlborough’s Christmas tree drop-off program.

REGION – Need to get rid of a Christmas tree?

Everyone from the Marlborough Department of Public Works to area Boy Scout troops are planning Christmas tree pickup drives over the next three weeks. They’re collecting trees to support the community and, in the case of the Boy Scout troops, they’re also working to help fundraise for troop activities. 

Read on for a roundup of local collection drives…

Marlborough

Marlborough will collect Christmas trees through a variety of programs until Jan. 16.

There are a five designated disposal areas where residents can leave their trees. Those include:

• The Memorial Beach parking lot on Causeway Street.
• The back entrance road to Ghiloni Park at 265 Boston Post Road East.
• The parking area at 45 Jefferson Street across from Kelleher Field.
• The Jericho parking lot at 410 Brigham Street.
• The Felton Conservation Area parking lot at 798 Elm Street.
Disposal areas will remain open until Jan. 16.
In the meantime, the city will also be conducting curbside Christmas tree pickups on Jan. 10.
Individuals can direct any questions by email to [email protected] or by phone to the Department of Public Works at 508-624-6910.

Northborough

Northborough Troop 101 will make its rounds on Jan. 8. 

Northborough residents must sign up before Jan. 7 to be added to the pickup route. They then must leave their tree near their curb before 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.

The $10 cost per-tree will help fund troop activities. 

Individuals can sign up online or by calling the Troop at 508-281-9972. Those with questions can also reach out by email to [email protected].

Southborough

Southborough Troop 1 will haul away trees on Jan. 8 at a cost of $12 per tree. 

Tree pickup is free for veterans, police and fire personnel, and senior citizens. 

Southborough residents must register by phone, email or text before 8 p.m. on Jan. 7. Individuals should provide their name, phone number and address in order to schedule a pickup. 

Trees must be placed at the end of driveways by 9 a.m. on Jan. 8. Individuals should place their donation in a plastic bag clipped or taped to their tree.

“Thank you for supporting Southborough Scouting,” noted a flyer promoting this event. 

Grafton

Grafton Troop 107 will collect trees on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15.

Individuals should schedule their pickup by contacting [email protected] and providing their name, address, zip code, email and preferred pickup date. 

Individuals should leave their tree outside by 8 a.m. on their pickup date with an attached donation in a plastic bag on the tree. 

Money raised will fund troop activities.

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Grafton Troop 106 will also hold a tree collection drive. 

Their event will run on Jan. 9 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

The cost is $15 to be put toward funding future troop activities. 

Individuals must register by emailing the troop at [email protected] by Jan. 5. They should include their name, address and phone number and should place their trees on their curb by 9 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Individuals may also call Christopher Chiu at 508-293-1232 with any questions. 

Troop 106 will accept payment by cash or check at pickup time. Those who will not be home during the 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. window, though, should send a check payable to Troop 106 to “Holly McCormick, 28 Hollywood Dr., North Grafton, MA, 01536.”

The troop is also introducing Venmo as a new payment option. Those interested can pay for their pickup by sending their $15 donation to @ScoutsBSA-106 with the subject line “Xmas tree pickup.”

Hudson

Hudson Troop 2 is organizing tree pickups for Jan. 2 and Jan. 8. 

Individuals can register through the troop’s website. 

Pickup costs $10. 

Individuals should leave their trees on their curb the night before their scheduled pickup date.

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