Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Recycle Your Tree Instead Of Tossing It

Want to put that Christmas tree to good use?  If you can hang onto it 'til the weekend, the City of Chicago offers tree recycling from January 5th-18th at locations around the city, including Margate Park (4921 N Marine).  Lake View Patch mentions that the Cubs are also accepting trees for recycling between January 5th through the 13th at 1136 W Grace.

The City's website says:

"The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, invites residents to recycle their Christmas trees, January 5-18, 2013, to help keep alleys clear, and reduce the amount of materials deposited in landfills.

"Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Each year, we are able to recycle thousands of Christmas trees to divert more waste away from landfills and reuse the materials in an environmentally-friendly way."

Trees dropped off at any of the 23 locations will be ground into fragrant mulch by DSS and Chicago Park District forestry crews. The resulting mulch will be made available to residents at no cost at the same Christmas tree drop-off locations beginning Friday, January 11.

Ornaments, lights, and garland should all be removed before placing the tree in the Christmas tree corral. The City is not able to accept decorations, tree lights, wreaths, garland, or household recyclable materials at these locations.

Since the program began 24 years ago, more than 157,700 trees have been kept out of landfills. More than 14,300 trees were recycled last year alone."

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