Harford countians have recycled 20,500 Christmas trees this year, more than twice the number collected in the countywide program last year.
County officials credited curbside recycling and haulers, who advertised free pickup days, for the success of the program in its fifth year.
The recycled trees are ground into mulch, which is available year-round to county residents at the Harford Waste Disposal Center in Street.
In exchange for the trees, residents receive a coupon redeemable for a free evergreen seedling.
Recyclers also may receive three 30-gallon plastic bags of mulch free at the Harford Compost Facility at the Scarboro landfill.
For more information, call the Solid Waste Management Bureau Monday through Friday at 638-3636.