There is an easy way to discard a Christmas tree -- just throw it out with the rest of the trash. But thousands of Marylanders recycle their trees. Baltimore County, Anne Arundel, Harford and Carroll counties reward their trouble by giving a coupon redeemable for a free evergreen seedling in the spring. Cash-strapped Baltimore city gives free mulch in exchange -- as long as the recycling family brings its own container.
We enthusiastically support this recycling program. Taking the tree to a mulching site is no pain. And the fragrance of the freshly ground pine mulch gives the return trip home a festive feeling.
Baltimore city residents can take their trees to Camp Small, 1900 Brand St., west of Cold Spring Lane and Jones Falls Expressway, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and Jan. 11.
Baltimore County residents have three locations operating from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6 through Jan. 11. Westside residents should go to the Western Acceptance Facility, off 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road in Lansdowne; central area residents can use the resource recovery facility off the 10300 block of York Road in Cockeysville, and eastside residents the sanitary landfill off the 11500 block of Pulaski Highway in White Marsh.
In Anne Arundel County, the Millersville Landfill, 389 Burns Crossing Road 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. They are Scarboro Landfill in Street; Bel Air Public Works Department at 705 Churchville Road; County Highways Shop in Jarrettsville; Festival Park in Aberdeen; Havre de Grace Public Works Department's equipment yard on Wilson Street; the old Bata Hotel in Belcamp and the Marantha Tree Farm in White Hall.
In Carroll County, Christmas trees will be recycled through January at the northern landfill in Westminster and at the Hoods Mill Landfill in Sykesville. Many towns also have arranged collection points.
Howard County's recycling takes place Jan. 11 and 12 at six drop-off sites. They are the county fairgrounds in West Friendship; the county water tower near Cedar Lane; Long Reach Park on Dobbin Road; the small parking lot on Court House Drive; Rockburn Park in Elkridge and Savage Park on Fair Street.
More and more people recycle trees. Be one.