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Mayor Reminds Residents to Recycle Christmas Trees

Tuesday December 22, 2009

Go green by turning your tree to mulch for free

LOUISVILLE (December 22, 2009) – Mayor Jerry Abramson is reminding residents to recycle their natural Christmas trees, turning them into nutrient-rich mulch at no cost, following the holidays.

Residents may take their trees to one of the city’s three Tree-Cycling Centers on December 28, 29, and 30, and again on January 4, 5, and 6. All locations listed below are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Recycling Center - 595 Hubbards Lane

· Public Works Yard – 617 Outer Loop

· Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue

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.

Residents in the Urban Services District may deposit their trees and greenery curbside beginning Monday, December 28. Residents living outside the Urban Service District 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 Wednesday, December 30 at the Hubbards Lane location.

For every five trees recycled, approximately 35 pounds of mulch can be created to help nourish new plant and tree growth. Each year, the tree-cycling program produces approximately six 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.