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Mayor Announces Christmas Tree Recycling

Wednesday December 19, 2007

Mayor Announces Tree Recycling for Residents

LOUISVILLE (December 19, 2007) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their “live” trees into nutrient-rich mulch. The trees will be mulched at no cost to residents after the holidays.

Residents in the Urban Services District may deposit their trees and greenery curbside beginning Wednesday, December 26. Residents may also dispose of their trees at one of the city’s four Tree-Cycling Centers on December 26, 27, 28 and again on January 2, 3, and 4. All locations listed below are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Recycling Center - 595 Hubbards Lane

· Recycling Center - 7219 Dixie Highway

· Public Works Yard – 3528 Newburg Road

· Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue

Residents living outside the Urban Service District may also utilize the drop off centers and should check with their private waste haulers to see if tree pickup service is available and when it will begin.

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Friday, December 28 at the Hubbards Lane location.

People taking trees to the recycling sites are encouraged to bring containers to take home the fresh, evergreen mulch for use in the spring. The evergreen mulch performs particularly well for acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and rhododendrons.

For every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be created to help nourish new plant and tree growth. Last year, the tree-cycling program produced 5.42 tons of mulch. A large quantity of it is used as cover for metro government planting beds.

The holiday tree recycling program is a Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management initiative. Brightside and Metro Public Works are also partners in the project.

For more information, please contact MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

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