“Trees are ‘recycled’ and used as natural fish bed habitats in local lakes, or made into landscaping mulch,” said Ashley Chambers, environmental coordinator for the city of Tuscaloosa.
Since the program started 12 years ago, over 1,000 trees have been recycled.
“In 2015, we received over 300 live Christmas trees and garland,” Chambers said. “We’ve seen this recycling program grow each year, and we expect a large turnout.”
In order to be recycled, all items must be stripped of lights and decorations, which can also be recycled on-site in marked containers. The lights will be included in the city’s electronic recycling program, and will continue to be collected year-round.