When it's time to take down the Christmas tree, county waste management administrators have two words of advice: recycle it.
For the third year, Harford's Bureau of Environmental Affairs is offering to grind used Christmas trees into mulch. In exchange, Harford residents will receive coupons that can be redeemed in April for free 3-year-old Norway Spruce seedlings. Compost also is available free of charge at the recycling sites.
"Last year we recycled 1,600 trees," said F. James Handshoe , chief of the county's division of solid waste management. "We'd like to see that number double this year."