Time to recycle Christmas trees


Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:33 p.m.

For those ready to take down their natural Christmas tree, there are three ways to dispose of it.

Wood Resource Recovery, curbside waste pickup and Alachua County Rural Collection Centers will be recycling Christmas trees.

Natural trees can be taken to Wood Resource Recovery, on State Road 21, said Levin Gaston, chief operating officer.

The company has been recycling trees for at least 10 years, he said.

So far, Gaston said he has seen fewer trees delivered than usual for this time of year. He said he is expecting more trees this weekend.

People can also put their trees on the curb on their designated trash collection day, said Steve Joplin, solid waste manager.

The trees should not have tinsel, lights or any other ornaments because they will be recycled as vegetative debris.

If the trees are 10 feet tall or bigger, they should be sawed in half, he said.

Joplin said he has seen a normal amount of Christmas trees recycled so far.

Trees can also be taken to Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, on U.S. 441 between Alachua and High Springs.

Trees bigger than 6 feet tall need to be sawed in half, said Milton Towns, waste collection manager.

All decorations need to be removed because it is not vegetative matter.

"All of our yard trash is reused," he said. "So our Christmas tree will go in that same stream."

There is no deadline for tree recycling.

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