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New Life for Live Trees After the Holidays Mayor Announces Tree Recycling for Residents

Monday December 19, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their “live” trees after the holidays. The trees will be recycled into mulch at no cost to residents when Christmas comes to a close.

Individuals in the urban-services district may deposit their trees and greenery curbside starting December 27. Residents may also dispose of their trees at one of the city’s four Tree-Cycling Centers on December 27, 28, 29 and again on January 3, 4, and 5. 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

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Tuesday, December 27 at the Hubbards Lane location.
Persons taking trees to the sites are encouraged to bring containers and take home the fresh, evergreen mulch for use in the spring. For every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be created to help nourish new plant and tree growth. The evergreen mulch performs particularly well for acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and rhododendrons.

The holiday tree-recycling program is a Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management initiative. Brightside and Metro Public Works are also partners in the project. Brightside is Louisville’s non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and beautification.

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