Darien's town Christmas tree pick-up continues this month, or donate for trout habitat

The Darien Department of Public Works will conduct its annual Christmas tree pick-up program

according to the following schedule:

Important reminders:

• Christmas trees must be at the curb by the first morning of the scheduled pick-up.

• Christmas tree pick-up is conducted on public streets only.

• Residents are asked to refer to a Town map to determine their designated area for schedule.

• The schedule has been rotated from last year.

• Public Works does not have more specific times of pick-up.

• In the event of significant snow accumulation the program may be delayed, please be patient.

•  Once collection is complete, trucks will not return until the next scheduled pick-up.

• Christmas wreathes, brush, grass clippings, garbage or other materials with not be collected.

• Christmas Trees with bags, netting, stands, or lights will not be collected.

•  Residents with valid RDA stickers may still bring Christmas Trees to the dump.

Donate to river aquatic life

For an alternative tree disposal idea, the Mianus chapter of Trout unlimited is collecting disposed real Christmas trees (without any decor) to turn them into habitat for the Norwalk and Mianus rivers. The final collection is this Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 to 2 at Merwin Meadows Park, 52 Lovers Lane, Wilton. Suggested donation is $10.

Your tree will join hundreds of others in helping stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion and create refuge habitat for juvenile trout and other aquatic life. Trees will be anchored into the stream channel during the summer months in structures called 'conifer revetments' which, over time, capture sediment from the river and narrow the stream channel. This new, narrower channel helps create deeper pools in the stream, increase water velocity and maximize trout habitat in the river. More info: MianusTu.org

The details on the town's Christmas tree collection along with a map of areas and a street by street number area guide is posted on the Town of Darien web page at www.darienct.govCollection on weekdays only. No collection on Monday, Jan. 15,  MLK JR holiday. The Department of Public Works can be contacted at 656-7346.