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Recycle Those Christmas Trees

Last updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON) - The District is urging residents bring their holiday trees to one of the district’s five sites to recycle.

Trees without ornaments may be dropped off December 27, 2011 through January 14, 2012.

Ninety three percent of real holiday trees that consumers recycle end up in community recycling programs, local gardens or backyards. The District recommends placing holiday trees in your yard as a brush pile to create a habitat for wildlife and nutrients for the soil.

However, if that is not possible for your household, the District recommends bringing the tree to one of the District's five Recycling & Reuse stations on the dates and sites listed below.

Trees will be collected at the four rural sites, and the Central Recycling & Reuse Station on 3400 South Walnut Street. The drop off collection service is sponsored by the District, in partnership with Republic Services and Good Earth LLC. Trees will be delivered to Good Earth LLC where they will be chipped into mulch and sold to the community in the spring.

Holiday Tree Recycling/Drop Off Collection Service:

December 27, 2011 - January 14, 2012.

No orange bag needed. Remove all ornaments. No lights, tinsel, or artificial snow etc.

Tuesday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Central Recycling And Reuse at 3400 South Walnut Street.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 7a.m. to 6 p.m. at the rural recycling and solid waste sites in Ellettsville on Matthews Drive; New Unionville on Bethel Lane.

Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the rural recycling and solid waste sites on Oard Road off St. Rd. 48, west of Ind. 37; Dillman Road about 1/8 mile west of Ind. 37.

Old holiday trees are sometimes used on land for erosion barriers, or in lakes and ponds for fishshelter.

According to the University of Illinois Extension "Christmas Tree Facts" web page, the best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine. However, the District recycles them all.

University of Illinois Extension also states that today 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, 73 million new Christmas treeswill be planted this year and on average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre with anaverage of 1,000-1,500 of these trees that will survive.

For more information on recycling holiday trees, call the District at 349-2020 or refer to the website at gogreendistrict.com

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