WESTMINSTER - The city's recycling committee has announced that countians can have their Christmas trees made into mulch in exchange for a free seedling.

Citizens can receive a coupon, redeemable in the spring, from the state Department of Natural Resources when they drop off the tree.

The Leister property behind the city's public works garage on Locust Street will be used to shred the trees.

Also, city workers will pick up the trees of city residents who don't wish to participate in the program.

In other recycling news: * The county reported that 7.61 tons of recyclable material were collected from the city bins during the month of November. Countywide, 52.86 tons were collected.

* The city will install two new recycling bins, one at the Greens and one on the east side of town. Committee members agreed that this will be an interim approach since the city cannot afford curbside recycling at this time.

* Members are planning to schedule monthly newspaper drop-off days because of the positive response during the community service day in October.

* Members are considering creating a city compost pile.

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