Recycling Sites Welcome Your Old Christmas Trees

December 29, 2013

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, we all loved your branches, but it's getting to the point where it's time to recycle.

The parks and recreation department for Albemarle County is helping you out this year with several tree drop-offs around the area and residents are taking them up on the offer.

“We recycle pretty much everything, so it's just one more thing not to go to a landfill,” says Jason Hubbard, Charlottesville resident.

The recycled Christmas trees that are collected will be chipped into mulch and then offered to the public for free starting on February 1st.

Whether you bought a Spruce or a Pine tree, there are several ways to get rid of them this holiday season, thanks to recycling centers set up around the county.

There are eight drop off sites, including the McIntire Recycling center and Darden Towe Park.

“I do plan to bring it here and recycle it,” says Tracy Meade, Charlottesville resident. “I would normally do that, or we in the past have normally put it in our pond for fish for habitat.”

“Different ways to reuse it, but I always get a real tree.”

For residents living in Charlottesville who don't want to take their tree out to a recycling center, curbside pickup will be available starting the week of January 6th. Trees must be out by 7 am for the curbside pickup.

Albemarle County asks that you don't leave any decorations on the tree.

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