Delay in Christmas tree pickup

A Christmas tree sits in a snowbank on Second Street West on Jan. 12, 2015, waiting to be picked up. The city's contractor encountered a delay after some equipment failure. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

Randi Belec

Christmas tree pickup encountered a slight delay this week, leaving some trees still waiting on the curb.

“There was some equipment failure on Monday (Jan. 5), so there was a slight delay and it’s taking a little longer,” says Nicole Robertson, Solid Waste Supervisor, City of Cornwall.

Christmas tree pickup is a two week collection process that was awarded to Woodsman Construction & Tree Service. It is believed that the malfunctioning equipment was the wood chipper.

In previous years the trees were put through the chipper on site and the waste was brought back to their facility. This year they have to haul back all of the solid trees, causing the delay.

Robertson expects the tree pick up to be finished on schedule on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

In 2014, the city collected and disposed of 1,618 Christmas trees.

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