Christmas tree recycling program in Lancaster County

Andy Barker
Andy Barker

27 December, 2017

By combining forces with the Charlottesville Curb Side Pick-Up Program, the joint programs collected over 4200 trees past year, yielding approximately 201 cubic yards of mulch.

The holidays have a tendency to create a lot of waste around this time of year, and a local agency is offering some tips on how to safely recycle live pine trees that many people bring into their homes for the holidays. But, trees that are more than five feet tall need to be cut down into smaller pieces, regardless of whether they're picked up with yard debris or as garbage.

Most US Christmas tree farms are situated in the foothill elevations of OR and North Carolina, and over half of those grown in the two states come from just six counties - two in North Carolina and four in Oregon. The trees from the nursery are planted throughout the Lancaster County Park System.

There will be four drop-off locations for NHC residents.

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The centers will accept natural trees through the end of January.

County park personnel ground the trees into mulch. The county says there will be signs to direct you to the drop off site.

"All trees must be free of all decorations, lights, stands, etc.", Public Information Officer Amanda Hutcheson for Brunswick County said.

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