Christmas trees wanted: State offers a reward

December 29, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Whether your tree came down the day after Christmas, or will stay up until Easter, the county wood-chipping machine is waiting to make mulch out of it.

The reward for turning in a tree to be mulched is a coupon for a pine seedling, part of a state program to promote the planting of trees.

Cities and towns will have local drop-off spots to which residents may take their trees, and a few towns will provide curbside

pickup on designated days.

Residents of unincorporated areas, or anyone who misses the town collection, may take their trees to either of the county's landfills. Workers there will turn the trees into mulch.

In all cases, the trees must be cleaned of ornaments and tinsel. If the town is providing pickup, the trees should be on the curb by the night before.

Anyone who turns in a tree by Jan. 31 will get a coupon for a free pine seedling. The coupons and seedlings will be available at the town offices, or at the landfill. The seedlings will arrive in the spring.

The following is a list of additional instructions for each city and town:

* Westminster -- From Jan. 4 through Jan. 31, residents may drop off trees at the city-owned vacant lot at the rear of the public works maintenance shop, Tuc Road and Locust Street.

City residents who don't want to drop off trees at the lot may call the public works maintenance shop at 848-9077 to arrange for curbside pickup that will start Jan. 4.

* Sykesville -- The town will pick up trees with the regular recyclables beginning Jan. 6.

"This program worked really well last year," said Mayor Lloyd Helt Jr.

* Manchester -- Residents may drop off trees at any time on Victory Street, across from the salt bin. On Jan. 9, 16 and 23, a city worker will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hand out seedling coupons.

The mulch made out of Manchester's trees will be spread on the playground at Christmas Tree Park.

"It's great to think of the children playing on our used Christmas trees," said resident Sally Fisher.

* Hampstead -- Residents may drop off trees on Route 88, just past Dogwood Drive.

* Union Bridge -- Christmas trees will be picked up Jan. 4.

* New Windsor -- The Town Council is expected to decide the details for pickup or drop-off at its next meeting Jan. 6, said Mayor James Carlisle. He said the town will probably pick them up on a Saturday in January, but anyone who wants to drop off a tree in the meantime may do so at the red recycling bins off Gehr Lane.

* Taneytown -- Anyone living in or around the city may drop off trees at Taneytown Memorial Park on Jan. 9. Most of the day, a city worker will be there handing out seedling coupons. Also, the Taneytown utility crew and volunteer firefighters will be picking up trees that morning from residents within the city limits. Trees must be out on the curb by 8 a.m. Jan. 9.

* Mount Airy -- The town will pick up trees curbside Jan. 11. Anyone who wants to get rid of a tree earlier or later may take it to Prospect Park during regular park hours. The town provides year-round mulching at the park for trees and other yard waste.

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