Hoosiers Reminded To Dispose Of Christmas Trees Safely This Season

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Charlottesville will begin collecting discarded Christmas trees on January 8.

Erie Way Tree Farm in Holley, which sells wreaths and primarily you-cut Christmas trees, also grows landscaping trees and flowers for replanting, so it only makes sense to mulch unsold Christmas trees.

Lights, stands, and decorations must be removed from the tree and this program is not available to businesses, multi-family residences, and apartments.

While the type of tree - spruce, pine, fir or other variety - doesn't matter, there are some steps residents must perform before their trees are ready to recycle.

Badger Mountain Community Park is no longer a drop off for trees.

However, we aren't saying you should dump your tree in the first body of water you come across.

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Alexandria residents can set their Christmas trees at the curb on their trash collection days by 6 a.m. As well, Hatters can haul their tree to the landfill site for disposal, free of cost.

Discarded trees will be taken to Darden Towe Park where they will be chipped into mulch along with trees collected by Albemarle County. Flocked trees will not be accepted.

"It's for real trees only, not artificial trees", said solid waste utility manager Ed Jollymore of the annual program where Hatters can drop off trees at four different locations from now to January 31.

Trees must be placed at least 3 feet away from garbage carts to guarantee collection of both the Christmas trees and the garbage carts. North County locations: lower parking lot of Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive; Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive; Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive in Scripps Ranch, and Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road in Rancho Peñasquitos.

To participate in the program, residents are asked to place their undecorated trees on the curb in front of their homes. Now they're ground up at the site and then hauled, said Jollymore.

The Joplin Recycling Center is accepting wrapping paper, boxes, cans, bottles, greeting cards, cooking oil and clean packing materials, such as artificial peanuts and bubble wrap.