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Recycle those Christmas trees

Most counties offer curbside pickup, but city and some county dwellers must do more

Tim Wheeler

8:00 AM EST, December 24, 2012

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Just a reminder for those keen on "green" living that Christmas trees make great mulch.  Residents of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and eastern Howard counties can simply put their trees out for curbside collection in early January with other recyclables. Or, if they prefer (or miss the pickup window), they can take the trees to various drop off locations for grinding up into mulch.

Folks living in Harford and western Howard counties can drop off their trees for recycling at local landfills or other sites.  Carroll County has offered the same drop off service in prior years for residents of non-incorporated areas there - town dwellers may also have curbside pickup.  Click on the links above for information about your local jurisdiction, drop off locations, pickup dates and other details.

In Baltimore city, residents can have their old trees picked up at the curb, but they'll wind up going to the RESCO incinerator or to the landfill.  To see that they get recycled into useful mulch, take them to the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Convenience Center any Friday and Saturday in January from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Or, if you feel like giving a hand to a budding local food-waste composting enterprise, Chesapeake Compost Works is eager to have those old firs and evergreens. The business is mixing wood chips with food scraps to make compost for use enriching gardens and flower beds. In case you missed it, I featured this business recently, which you can read here. Vinnie and Adam are having a special tree drop off on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Or if that's not convenient, they'll take trees during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. 

Bring the trees, sans ornaments, tinsel etc. to 4501 Curtis Ave., #14 (in the back) in south Baltimore. There's a $5 fee to take the trees, but they'll give customers a $5 credit toward a bag of compost that should be ready for sale in early spring. Directions here.