Recycled Christmas trees get new life

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By Greg Summers

Many residents will start taking down Christmas trees this weekend as the 2009 holiday season winds down.

The city of Lancaster and Lancaster County are working together again to reduce on holiday waste through treecycling.

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused and recycled.

Instead of having Christmas trees take up landfill space, they will be removed from the waste stream and ground into mulch.

On a national scale, that amount of landfill space trees take up is staggering. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, almost 29 million households opted for a real Christmas tree in 2009.

In the county, discarded trees can be left at the 12 convenience sites.

City residents should leave theirs by the roadside for curb pick up or drop them off at public works, 1309 Lynwood Drive, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The trees will be taken to the McGill convenience site at 3101 Kershaw Country Club Road and recycled. The county grinds yard debris at McGill, which is a DHEC-licensed land clearing and compost site.  

Once the mulch dries, it will be made available there to the public for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you would like your fresh Christmas tree recycled into mulch, you can drop it off at one of the following convenience sites during regular site hours:

– Indian Land – 401 Jim Wilson Road

– Race Track – 273 Shiloh Unity Road

– Unity – 2511 Shiloh Unity Road

– Erwin Farm – 3122 Bethel Road

– Lynwood Drive – 1349 Lynwood Drive

– Heath Springs – 173 Solar Road

– Kershaw – 6491 Old Lancaster Highway

– Midway – 4125 Payne Road

– Rich Hill – 4202 Joshua Tree Drive

– Tradesville – 2149 Old Camden Monroe Highway

– McGill – 3101 Kershaw Country Club Road

– Fort – 5330 J.B. Denton Road