Christmas tree recycling continues until January 23

Saul Bowman
December 27, 2017

"We really want the naked tree placed out at the curbside".

Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the house or garage.

The city is once again hosting its annual Tree recycling program where undecorated trees can be disposed of quickly. The county says there will be signs to direct you to the drop off site.

"The city will pick up live Christmas trees put to the curb at no charge as part of our regular weekly yard waste pick up service for city trash customers", Communications Manager for the City of Wilmington Malissa Talbert said.

In the Richmond area, Henrico County offers a similar program that turns the trees into mulch.

Recyclers are reminded to remove all tree stands, nails and decorations, and not to use any bags.

The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting trees for fish habitat in Rend Lake at three Rend Lake boat ramps or parking lot locations until January 16: Sugar Creek parking lot at the intersection of Licata and Mine 21 roads; Dam West boat ramp at the west end of the main dam; and Jackie Branch boat ramp north of IL 154 across from the Barren Township building.

Sponsors say it collected more than 15,000 trees past year.

Local businesses can also drop off their Christmas trees, and for a small fee ($15 per truckload), businesses that sell Christmas trees can recycle their leftovers as well.

To keep trees out of the landfill, the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District hosts a mulch day 8 noon Saturday, Jan. 6 at the former Walmart parking lot on University Drive on the West Side.

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