I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. We survived ours with bronchitis and some nasty fevers. So now that the holidays are winding down, you might be ready to dismantle your tree. I just wanted to remind you to recycle your tree. I have listed a few sites to visit for more information. You can take your tree and drop off at a Charmeck full service recycling center or leave your live tree at curbside from December 26th until the first full week of January 2009, if you live inside the city of Charlotte.
If you live outside the city then you need to take it to the full service recycling center. I called “311” and they said you can schedule to have it picked up as a bulk item on a trash collecting day if you happen to miss the above dates. I didn’t get any straight answers on exactly how it is recycled but here are some examples of what other cities are doing with the trees. Recycled trees are used for mulch, rebuilding beaches/dunes, creating “tree fences” to combat erosion in certain areas and some are even dropped into lakes to create fish friendly habitats. Some areas use the mulch to pad jogging trails. The list can go on and on. I have listed the Charmeck site for holiday recycling tips and you can also visit Earth 911 for more information. Remember there are 35 million Christmas trees purchased each year. Just think what could be done with those trees!
See below for drop off sites if you are unable to do curbside pick up.
* North Mecklenburg Yard Waste Facility, 12300 N. Statesville Road
* Compost Central Mulch and Composting, 5631 West Blvd.
* Hickory Grove Yard Waste Facility, 8007 Pence Road
* Foxhole Yard Waste Facility, 17131 Lancaster Highway
Remember to include recycling and reducing waste as part of your New Year’s resolutions!