Recycling your Christmas Trees

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by TYLER SIESWERDA / KVUE News

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 5 at 9:04 AM

AUSTIN -- Most of you probably plan on enjoying the Christmas tree a few more days but when the needles start to drop it's going to be time to stow the memories and send the evergreen on its next green mission.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year 
 
But once that tree isn't so fresh, nearly every community has a way to keep it out of the landfill at no charge.
 
If you live in Austin there are a couple of options:
Put it on the curb for your normal trash pick-up day and the city will turn it into dillo dirt. Or you can drop it off at Zilker Park. Trees collected at Zilker Park are turned into much which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
 
In Round Rock, the city is giving away small trees again this year. This is while supplies last, if you bring your Christmas tree to the Round Rock Brush Recycling Center.
 
In Hays County trees can be taken to recycling centers in Wimberley and Driftwood.
 
Besides mulch, how else does recycling help? 
According to the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association, recycled trees are used to prevent beach erosion, marshland sedimentation, stabilize river shoreline and become fish habitats.
 
So once the old tree is done delivering its holiday cheer, it is worthwile to recycle the tree so it can keep on giving.
 
And don't forget to remove all decorations, nails, wires, ornaments, tree stands, lights, and tinsel before recycling your tree.
           
 
Here is a list of locations, times, and dates:
 
Austin -- City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by setting their tree out by 6:30 a.m. on trash and yard trimmings collection day. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half.
Zilker Park Drop-Off - Residents can drop off their trees at Zilker Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, Sunday, Jan.13, 2013. Commercial vendors can drop off their unsold trees at Zilker Park on Friday, Jan. 4 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Alternatively, residents can drop off their tree for recycling at the following locations:
Del Valle Softball Complex - Behind the Southwest Rural Center, 3614 FM 973, Del Valle, TX. RM 620 Low Water Crossing - Before Mansfield Dam, beneath the RM 620 bridge.
 
Round Rock -- The City of Round Rock encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 and Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Round Rock Brush Recycling Center located at 310 Deepwood Drive. Round Rock residents may bring their trees during any regular operating day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Local businesses can also drop off their trees for a small fee ($15 per truckload), businesses that sell Christmas trees can recycle their leftovers as well. For more information, call 218-5540.
 
Hays County -- Hays County will be recycling Christmas trees at out two recycling Centers, in Wimberley at 1691 Carney Lane, 512-847-3504 and the Driftwood site on FM 150 West at Darden Hill Road, 512-858-9515. The sites are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. 

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