Trash collectors to pick up Christmas trees

January 03, 1994|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

The holidays have barely passed, and already Anne Arundel County and Annapolis trash haulers are picking up discarded Christmas trees at the curb to grind them up, compost them and use them for mulch.

The first trees were picked up Dec. 27, according to Carol Taylor, a county recycling project specialist. She said the county could collect about 500 tons of cut evergreens from the 117,000 residents on county trash and recycling routes.

Residents can place their trees at the curb to be picked up on their weekly recycling day through Feb. 5, Ms. Taylor said. The pickup day is different from past years when the county collected trees with regular trash, she noted.

Residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments and tinsel, Ms. Taylor said. Trees that are four feet or more in length must be cut in half and tied with string, she said.

Frequently, apartment complexes allow residents to place trees in the ordinary trash bins, Ms. Taylor said. If apartment dwellers want to make sure their trees are composted, they can take them to drop-off centers at the Millersville Landfill on Burns Crossing Road, the Glen Burnie Convenience Center on Dover Road and the Sudley Convenience Center on Sudley Road.

John Patmore, director of public works in Annapolis, said city haulers will pick up trees on residents' regular yard-waste days, which occur every other week. Residents also can drop off trees at the city's Truxton Park.

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