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City encouraging Calgarians to recycle Christmas trees

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Some recycling locations across South Mississippi will begin accepting trees as early as December 26th

Then the trees are netted and prepared for transport where they will be transferred to a stand, soon to be decorated with lights, ornaments and shiny tinsel.

Last year, the city recycled 11,802 trees. All decorations and lights must be removed, and the wreaths and trees may not be in plastic bags.

Now that Christmas is over, you're probably ready to get rid of your Christmas Tree. However, residents have access to recycling centers in the surrounding areas. Do Not bag or place tree in can.

You can always put it in the landfill, however the environmental protection agency says that almost 20 percent of everything in a landfill is green waste like leaves, grass clipping and tree prunings - all of which can composted.

Christmas trees over 6 feet long must be cut in half.

But we are told DE state parks are no longer accepting Christmas trees.

Additionally, the Public Works Department will pick up Christmas trees on regular brush routes with boom trucks, but will make no special trips. According to the University of Illinois Extension, one acre of Holiday trees provides the daily oxygen requirement of 18 people.

Recycled trees can be processed into useful mulch. If your tree has not been picked up by January 14, call (727) 893-7398. If they won't fit in your recycling cart, you can put wrapping paper and boxes in a larger box and set it next to your recycling cart so it can be recycled. Turn right onto Flour Mill Road, and the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right. The Collection Station is closed December 24 and December 25, open on December 31 (closing at 3 p.m.), and closed January 1.

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