Christmas tree recycling program enters fourth year

January 03, 1993

Harford solid-waste administrators want you to return your used Christmas tree to Mother Nature.

The 4-year-old recycling program, in which residents can exchange old trees for a pine seedling, has saved about 12,000 cubic yards of landfill space, say officials in the county Bureau of Solid Waste Management.

Since the program began, an estimated 12,000 old trees have been ground into mulch instead of buried at the county landfill.

The bureau opened 10 tree-recycling centers yesterday. The centers also will be open Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Residents who bring trees to the centers get a coupon redeemable for a free seedling in the spring. Because some of the collection sites will not be manned all the time, residents can call 638-3636 to get a coupon.

Trees will be accepted at:

* Harford Waste Disposal Center, also known as Scarboro Landfill, 3241 Scarboro Road in Street.

* Bel Air Public Works Department, 705 Churchville Road, behind Bynum Pond.

* Susquehannock Environmental Center, 700 N. Tollgate Road, Bel Air.

* Harford County Highways Shop, 900 Pylesville Road (Route 165), Jarrettsville.

* Vacant lot at 8 N. Rogers Ave., Aberdeen, across from fire station.

* Havre de Grace Public Works Department's equipment yard, 395-R Wilson St., Havre de Grace.

* Harford Highways Shop, 3111 Philadelphia Road, Abingdon.

* Kroh's Nursery, 3023 Churchville Road, Churchville.

* McKenzie Recycling and Sanitation, 503 Pulaski Highway, Joppa.

* Riverside Community Association, on U.S. 40, Belcamp.

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