Yes, it's time to get rid of the old Christmas tree before it burns the place down.

While a lot of folks may have opened the front door of the house only to throw the Christmas tree out into the front yard around 12 noon on Christmas day, most are pruning the decorations off of it and taking the Yuletide spruce down this week.

Oh, but what to do with it?

Now you could just take it to the property line and wing it over into the neighbor's yard while using a few choice words.  Or, you could properly dispose of it at the following places.

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In the City of Bangor, you can simply place your old Christmas tree curbside, and City crews will pick it up and take it away, beginning Monday, January 4th.  They will do so until Friday, January 15th.  Or, you can take it to the Bangor Public Works facility at 530 Maine Avenue and leave it there any Monday through Sunday while the sun is up.  Make sure you remove everything from the tree, including any wire, as the trees may be "chipped" and then spread throughout City parks.  Wreaths will not be accepted.

In the City of Brewer, the regular curbside trash folks will NOT be collecting trees.  But, you can drop them off in the lower parking lot of the Joseph L. Ferris Community Center by the Brewer Auditorium until Sunday, January 17th. Or, you could take it to the Brewer Landfill at 403 Elm Street during regular business hours.  Make sure that you clean everything from the tree and do not wrap it in plastic.

Unfortunately, neither Public Works Departments in both Bangor or Brewer involve polar bears or elephants when it comes to the disposal of old Christmas trees.  Which really is too bad because we're sure that the residents of both cities would enjoy that.

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