City of Tuscaloosa’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program Underway Featured

Live Christmas trees can be dropped off at the city of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department facility on Kauloosa Avenue through Jan. 15. Live Christmas trees can be dropped off at the city of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department facility on Kauloosa Avenue through Jan. 15. City of Tuscaloosa

Now that the holidays are over, residents who wish to recycle their Christmas trees can do so. The city of Tuscaloosa is accepting and recycling live Christmas trees through Sunday, Jan. 15.

During the free drop-off event, citizens and businesses can drop off live Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands to be recycled. The drop-off will be located at the city’s Environmental Services Department facility (3340 Kauloosa Ave).

“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.

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