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Christmas Tree Collection Planned, Bonfire Extinguished

Chatham Borough residents should put their trees on the curb for collection.

For many years in Chatham Borough, the fire department collected Christmas trees from residents and then held a large bonfire, open to members of the community.

After a 2009 Vineland bonfire resulted in injuries for one firefighter, however, the state Forest Fire Service Division began to restrict bonfire permits.

Now, rather than having their Christmas trees collected by the Chatham Borough Fire Department, the Department of Public Works will pick up the trees.

"The classic bonfire is now a thing of the past due to strict state and environmental rules and regulations. It is no longer possible to get the required permit due to enforcement of the open burn policies and [state] regulations," said Fire Chief Peter Glogolich in an interview December 2011 interview.

Trees will be collected the first two Mondays in January and the fourth Tuesday. The dates are Jan. 7, Jan. 14 and Jan. 22.

The Tuesday collection is due to Martin Luther King Day, which falls on Monday, Jan. 21 this year.

For some fire safety tips with your Christmas tree, click here. Trees can dry out if they are not given enough water or kept close to a heating source. Christmas tree lights, especially older ones, can cause a tree to ignite if they short-circuit.

Pye Roe December 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
What a bummer! The tree bonfire was a truly great Chatham tradition.
Rocco Passomato January 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Wow! Another job for DPW. Think you can handle it' Bobby V.? Oh wait! Here's an idea, HIRE ANOTHER OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR TO DO YOUR JOB. That seems to be your m.o. Again stop hiring outsiders to do our DPW's work. As I said before our guys are the best, USE THEM. RIP Charlie.
ChathamGuy January 08, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Mendham had a Christmas Tree bonfire. http://mendham-chester.patch.com/articles/bonfire-for-christmas-trees-lights-up-mendham
Powerless January 05, 2014 at 03:17 PM
there is a problem with the dates listed...Jan 7 and Jan 14 are Tuesdays not Mondays...the first two Mondays of January are the 6th and the 13th.
Powerless January 05, 2014 at 03:19 PM
also, Jan 22 is a Wednesday

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