How to recycle your Christmas tree

January 06, 1995

County residents who get their yard waste picked up by the Department of Public Works still have 10 more days to recycle their Christmas trees.

The last day that county recycling contractors will pick up trees in those areas -- all in the eastern part of the county -- will be Jan. 16. Residents should put out the trees on their regular recycling days.

Western county residents, who do not get yard waste picked up by the county, need to dispose of their trees on their own.

One option is taking the trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville, where all the county's recycled trees will be chipped into mulch and shipped to The Mulch Factory, a private company, on Daniels Road in Ellicott City.

Western county residents also can take their trees to drop-off sites at one of several public parks, from which the trees will be trucked to Alpha Ridge. Residents can get further information on the Christmas tree drop-off by calling 313-7678 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

County officials are hoping the tree recycling program will do as well as its leaf recycling program.

Although the numbers for December are not in, results of the county's leaf collection program in November were encouraging, said Linda Fields, manager of the county's recycling programs.

"We doubled our leaf collection this year over last year," from 613 tons in November 1993 to 1,285 tons in November 1994, she said.

Ms. Fields said more intensive promotion of the program increased participation.

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