On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Borough announces holiday trash schedule changes, other seasonal reminders

With the holiday season comes some changes and delays in services that Bellefonte borough provides.

Borough offices are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, so people whose trash is normally picked up on Tuesday had pickup Monday and people who normally get trash picked up Wednesday will get it on Thursday.

There will also be no trash pickup on New Year’s Day, so anyone who would get trash picked up then will have to wait until Jan. 2.

During the winter, borough officials also ask everyone to shovel paths between the curb and the trash cans to allow easier access for the refuse collectors.

Residents looking to get rid of their Christmas trees quickly after the holiday also will be in luck.

Borough Manager Ralph Stewart said people should drag the trees out with the normal trash on normal pickup days. and they will be removed and taken to be recycled.

“A lot of people like using the real trees, and we have a way to take care of them and take them to where they can be recycled,” he said.

He added that the Christmas tree recycling service is very popular right after the holiday.

And the courtesy parking program is still in effect until the end of the year.

The program allows shoppers to visit downtown businesses without having to pay to park on streets. Any cars parked at metered spaces will first receive a “courtesy ticket” and won’t get a fine unless the car is still parked there when the parking enforcement officer returns.

Stewart said the time window allows people to shop, but prevents employees or apartment building tenants from taking advantage of the system.