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Recycle Those Christmas Trees
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - When it's time to recycle your holiday tree, bring your holiday tree to one of the District's five centers to recycle.

Trees without ornaments may be dropped off December 26, 2012 through January 12, 2013. Ninety three percent of real holiday tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden, or backyard.

The District recommends placing holiday trees in your yard as a brush pile to create 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 centers on the dates and locations listed below.

Trees will be collected at the four Rural Recycling Centers, and the South Walnut Recycling Center 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.

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

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 trees will be planted this year and on average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre with an average of 1,000 to 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 web site at


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

(3400 South Walnut Street)
Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm;

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7am to 6 pm

The Ellettsville Recycling Center, 6200 North Matthews Drive

The Westside Recycling Center, 341 North Oard Road, (off St. Rd. 48, west of 37)

The Southside Recycling Center, 400 West Dillman Road, (1/8 mile west of 37)

The Northeast Recycling Center in New Unionville on East Bethel Lane

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