GI Utilities recycling Christmas trees at 2 locations

Marsha Scott
December 27, 2017

The felling, transporting and displaying of evergreen trees has been a Winter holiday tradition in the northern hemisphere for centuries, and nowhere is this Christmas convulsion as popular as in the United States, where Americans will drop over $1 billion this year to brighten their homes with the sweet scent of pine boughs.

Christmas tree recycling has officially started in Central Virginia, here's a list of area recycling locations.

In Albemarle County, the Parks and Recreation Department's annual program collects discarded trees, which are chipped into mulch and offered to the public at no cost. A dead Christmas tree should be good to burn in a monitored outdoor fire pit, though.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take real Christmas trees for recycling on Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 11 at Riverside Middle School in Evans.

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Mankato residents also may bring Christmas trees to the SMC Compost Site, 3600 Third Ave.

Before putting the tree on the curb, be sure to strip it of all lights, tinsel, wire, ornaments and whatever non-tree material might be hanging from it. Trees will be put in the lake on January 10, weather permitting. There is no disposal fee for trees dropped off by non-commercial residents of the city.

At elevations of between 2,500 and 3,000 feet above sea level, North Carolina's Ashe County is the top grower, providing approximately two million trees in 2012, according to the most recent data available. For more on the city of Denver's tree recycling program visit their website. Trees must be at the curbside by 7:00 a.m.

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