I'm debating what to do with our Christmas tree.  I bought a pre-lit so I wouldn't have to mess around with light strands every December, but now a good number of lights have stopped working. So, now I need to decide whether I ditch the tree for a new one, or start pulling and replacing lights.

I loathe assembling and messing with tree lights. My lack of impatience when it comes to the tree is so bad, that I actually leave it assembled so I can carry it up from, and back down to, the basement intact every year. Boom!

Those folks with real, live trees don't have to worry about anything other than getting it out to the curb for disposal.

Here are the free pickup dates in the various municipalities in the Quad Cities...

Bettendorf: Trees will be picked up at residents’ regular collection sites through January 7th. Remove all ornaments, plastic wrap, and tree stands before setting your tree out for collection. Trees should be left out for pickup by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day.

Davenport: Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular garbage day.  Trees must be free of decorations, lights, stands, and cannot be wrapped in a plastic bag.

Scott County: Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Davenport compost facility. You can also have them picked up. This is a year-round service for residents.

East Moline: Collection dates are listed as Tuesday January 10th and Thursday, January 12th. Have your tree out by 7 a.m., pickup will happen between then and 9 a.m.

Moline: Christmas trees will be collected starting January 4th. Leave your tree outside to be taken to the East Moline landfill and made into compost.

Rock Island: Christmas trees will be collected from your normal garbage set-out point through January 7th.  Be sure that your tree is free of ornaments, lights, and stands.  Place the tree at least three feet away from garbage bins to guarantee collection; trees will be picked up by a separate collector.