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Holiday Tree Recycling

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

(MONROE CO.) - The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) will be partnering with Republic Services and Good Earth LLC, to provide our annual Holiday tree recycling program beginning on December 26, 2016 and continue through January 14, 2017.

Trees will be accepted at all five District recycling centers. All trees brought to the District for recycling must be free of all decorations, including, but not limited to, ornaments, lights, artificial snow, garland and tinsel.

No artificial trees will be accepted for recycling.

Trees will be accepted at the following locations during normal business hours between the dates

of December 26, 2016 and January 14, 2017 as follows:


According to the University of Illinois Extension "Christmas Tree Facts" web page, ninety three percent of real Holiday tree consumers recycle their tree in their garden, backyard, or one of over 4,000 community recycling programs. Old Holiday trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers, and in lakes and ponds for fish shelter. University of Illinois Extension also

states that today ninety-eight percent of all Holiday trees are grown on more than 15,000 Holiday tree farms, and this industry employs approximately 100,000 people. One acre of Holiday trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people, and there are 350,000 acres of land growing approximately 350 million Holiday trees across all 50 states. Real Holiday trees provide environmental benefits throughout their lifespan, artificial trees have an average useful lifespan of 5-7 years and will last for hundreds of years in a landfill.

For more information on recycling holiday trees, call the District at (812) 349-2020 or refer to the web site at gogreendistrict.com

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