By Stan Rappaport
12:20 PM EST, December 26, 2012
The Howard County government has a number of Christmas tree recycling options available through the Merry Mulch program.
The trees will be collected and recycled into compost and mulch.
From Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 18, trees may be recycled at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week:
Clarksville — Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108; River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108.
Columbia — Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane; Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive.
Elkridge — Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road.
Ellicott City — Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive, on the right).
Highland — Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road.
Savage — Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street.
Woodbine — Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road.
Trees also may be recycled at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
County residents with curbside yard trim collection can set their decoration-free Christmas trees out on their regular curbside recycling days through Jan. 18; trees will not be accepted on trash collection days prior to this date. Trees must be cut into less than four foot lengths and tied; they do not need to be bagged.
After Jan. 18, when the sites listed above are no longer accepting Christmas trees and curbside yard trim collection is no longer offered, residents may continue to bring their Christmas trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area.