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November 30, 2013

After Christmas, trees should be recycled

TERRE HAUTE — They’re pretty and green and smell great in the home.

Freshly cut Christmas trees are a natural selection for many families celebrating the Christmas holiday.

But what to do with the tree afterward can be just as important as picking the right tree.

Recycling the holiday greenery is recommended by TREES Inc., as well as the Terre Haute Park Board, which approved a Christmas Tree recycling drive.

The objective is to prevent more waste from going into the landfill, said Jane Santucci, project manager for TREES Inc.

The trees are to be collected from drop off sites, and then chipped up to be used as mulch. Some of the trees will also be floated in area lakes and used as wildlife cover.

Republic Services will also be accepting paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard to be recycled during the post-holiday recycling event organized by TREES, the City of Terre Haute, Republic Services and the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.

Drop off days are now set for Dec. 27 and Jan. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. The locations are at Dobbs Nature Park, 5170 E. Poplar St., at Rea Park, 3500 S. Seventh St., and at Fowler Park, 3000 E. Oregon Church Rd.

Trees should have all decorations removed. No artificial trees will be accepted.

A recycling site previously used past years will not be available this season. The Sisters of Providence usually accept Christmas Trees, but their chipper is broken and it will not be repaired in time for this year’s recycling effort.

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