SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Christmas tree collections for the city of Springfield began this Tuesday.

Christmas trees will be collected on recycling days and must be free of decorations and snow and should be accessible. Trees should not be wrapped in plastic. Trees can also be dropped off at Bondi’s Island free of charge.

The city of Springfield is asking that anyone disposing of a Christmas trees remove any Holiday decorations or gift wrapping.

The following items can be included for recycling:

  • corrugated cardboard boxes. Flatten and tie in 3’ x3’ bundles, no tape.  No waxed cardboard.
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter).
  • paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay).
  • newspapers/ inserts, magazines/catalogs
  • -paperbacks & phone books.
  • junk mail – windowed envelopes are OK.
  • white and colored paper, computer paper, shredded paper – place in paper bags.
  • all plastic bottles, jars, tubs and plastic microwave trays/containers under 2 gallons in size
  • glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes – Please remove and discard all caps
  • aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids and aluminum foil

The following items should not be included for recycling:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel.
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam
  • holiday lights
  • paint or aerosol cans or other metal items
  • broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window – auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics
  • no plastic grocery/newspaper bags
  • containers over 2 gallons in size, motor oil, chemical or foam containers or flower pots
  • pizza boxes
  • batteries
  • used paper plates, cups, napkins, toilet tissue

Tree collection ends Friday, January 27. Residents can also drop off their trees at Bondi’s Island with no charge. For more information on the tree drop-off call, (413) 787-7840.