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Christmas tree recycling available
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Once the lights and trim are removed and back in boxes, the city of McMinnville has just the place for unwanted evergreen trees — a Christmas tree recycling project.
The Department of Urban Forestry will again be collecting trees for recycling. Drop-off areas are at McMinnville Civic Center on Garfield Street and Three Star Mall on Sparta Street. Both areas will be marked.
“Once Christmas is over, what to do with the tree is the nagging question,” said city landscape manager Hank Patton. “Drop it off and we’ll make sure it gets a good home.”
Trees are taken to Rock Island State Park where they will be re-used as mulch or used in wildlife projects around the park. Among other uses, trees can be placed in water and used for fish habitat.
Hundreds of trees are dropped off each year to be recycled. In order to donate a tree for the program, remove all ornaments, tinsel and anything used as a stand. Trees with “spray-on” snow cannot be recycled.
Anything not naturally part of the tree has to be removed before the tree can be recycled. If those items are removed before the tree is dropped off, the task of recycling is easier, says Patton.
The recycling project is under way and trees can be dropped off until Jan. 8.
City employees will load and transport trees to Rock Island State Park. The city’s Christmas tree recycling project is free. For more information, call 473-1219.