Tree Recycling

Seven locations across the area will be collecting trees everyday through Jan. 23 from 7 a.m. until dark.

The locations include: Rivanna Recycling on McIntyre, Crozet Park on Park Stree, Greenwood Community Center, Chris Green Lake, Darden Towe Park on Elks Drive, Scottsville Community Center, Walnut Creek Park.

Most of the trees are turned into mulch; some are converted into fish and bird habitats.

Charlottesville Curbside will pick up your tree the week of Jan. 3. All decorations and tree stands should be removed from the trees. Free mulch will be available Feb. 1.

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Christmas Tree Recycling

In a national survey, 66-percent of consumers who selected a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled theirs in community programs. Real Christmas Trees are recycled for five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest trees. These are:

  • Chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails)
  • Beachfront erosion prevention
  • Lake and river shoreline stabilization
  • Fish habitat
  • River delta sedimentation management

    Today around 98-percent of Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recycle resource, and Real Trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and/or pumpkins are cultivated for harvest.

    For each Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to two new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

    The cycle of environmental benefits that Real Christmas Trees provide, begins when 35 million American families choose to celebrate the holiday season with a fresh Real Tree. Then the trees are given back to the environment in recycling programs; and finally new seedlings are planted in the Spring. This year, over 70 million new seedlings will be planted by Christmas Tree farmers all over America.

    Contact your local tree farm or paper to find out how you can recycle your tree this year and give back to your community.

    Source: (The National Christmas Tree Association Web site) contributed to this report

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