City to begin collecting Christmas trees next week

Pablo Tucker
January 6, 2020

"Many of our Christmas trees, particularly spruce and balsam fir, have very low rot resistance and break down quickly when exposed to the elements". The city of Lumberton also will collect trees for disposal at no cost. In the spring, the Christmas trees and fall leaves are recycled into mulch.

Bundle loose branches (no longer than 4') with cedar roping and place beside your Christmas tree.

Birmingham Zoo officials announced that January 11 will be the last day for residents to drop of their Christmas trees for recycling at the Zoo.

"There's no cost for what we take at most sites", Walters said.

To properly recycle your tree, remove all decorations, lights, wire, nails, and tree skirts.

Residents can wait until January 6 for curbside collection or go to an EnviroDepot to drop off their trees.

The city's public works crews will pick up discarded trees (real ones, not fake ones) starting this weekend.

"Most people are surprised that they'll actually eat Christmas trees, even I didn't realize it until a few years ago when Charlene did some research and found out that they enjoy them", he says.

Last year, more than 9,737 natural trees - for a total of more than 209 tonnes - were collected, chipped and composted for use in horticulture, agriculture and land reclamation around the city. The trees then will be taken to the county landfill.

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