County urges residents to recycle Christmas trees


The county's Department of Public Works is again asking Howard County residents to recycle their Christmas trees to save landfill space.

Curbside tree recycling will be available from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15 for residents of eastern Howard County with yard waste recycling services.

And tree drop-off sites will be located throughout the county.

Trees, which should be free of tinsel, garlands and ornaments, will be collected between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., except on trash days.

Betsy McMillion, recycling program coordinator of the county's Public Works Recycling Division, said yard waste takes up the second-largest amount of space in landfills nationwide.

"A lot of people think when it gets buried it will biodegrade rapidly but it doesn't happen that way."

Recycled trees are sent to a compost facility and will be transformed into compost and mulch.

Last year, the curbside recycling effort was hindered by snow that buried curbsides and the trees on them, said McMillion.

Trucks that were supposed to pick up trees had trouble getting into many neighborhoods because of snow-clogged roads.

While 293 tons of trees were kept out of local landfills last year, McMillion said she hopes the effort runs more smoothly this year, and even more trees will be collected.

These sites will accept trees for recycling from 7: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday: Clarksville: Kendall Hardware at 12260 Route 108.

Columbia: Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane.

Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive.

Metzler's Nursery, 10342 Owen Brown Road.

Elkridge: Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road.

Ellicott City: Howard County Circuit Court upper parking lot, 8360 Court House Drive.

Glenwood: Glenwood Park, 14675 Carrs Mill Road.

Glenwood Gardens, 2945 Route 97.

Highland: Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road.

Marriottsville: Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents Drop-off area, 2350 Marriottsville Road. (Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except 7 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. on Wednesdays.)

Savage: Savage Park, 8400 Fair St.

Trees can be placed with trash as a last resort. However, they must be cut into 4-foot pieces and placed in containers or bundles that weigh less than 40 pounds.

Pub Date: 12/26/96

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