Tomorrow will be a big recycling day throughout Maryland. Thousands of families will strip their Christmas trees of holiday decorations and take them to recycling sites. In return, they will get free mulch or coupons for evergreen seedlings.
Even commercial Christmas tree recycling is catching on. IKEA, the home furnishing emporium, pioneered the concept locally in 1988. This Christmas it sold 4,000 trees for $21 each. Customers who bring their tree back for recycling get a $10 refund, as much mulch as they want and a free seedling. About 85 percent participate.
All metropolitan area local governments operate recycling sites. They report a growing response. Since 1989, Harford County residents have recycled 5,300 Christmas trees. The county estimates it has saved about 4,000 cubic yards of landfill space through the program. Last year alone, more than 2,500 Anne Arundel County residents recycled their trees. More than 66 tons of trees were mulched and composted.
Baltimore City's recycling site is at 1900 Brand Street, west of Cold Spring Lane and Jones Falls Expressway. It is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and Jan. 11. Bring your own bag for mulch.
Baltimore County's westside residents can go to the Western Acceptance Facility, off the 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central area residents are served by the resource recovery facility off the 10300 block of York Road, and eastside residents by a sanitary landfill off the 11500 block of Pulaski Highway.
In Anne Arundel County, the Millersville Landfill in Severn accepts trees from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday as well as Jan. 11 and 12. Trees also can be taken to the Glen Burnie Convenience Center on Dover Road as well as the Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. South County Landfill, on Nutwell Sudley Road in Deale, recycles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Jan. 11.
Harford County operates seven recycling sites tomorrow and Jan. 11. Many towns in Carroll County have arranged collection points and the county has two recycling sites. Recycling at six Howard County sites takes place Jan. 11 and 12.
Recycling is truly a tree-mendous idea!