Originally created 12/31/06

Aiken is collecting Christmas trees at recreation parks



Aiken is accepting Christmas trees at several of its recreation centers.

Officials said the city started accepting the trees Tuesday. By Wednesday, a mountain of trees had accumulated at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center on Whiskey Road, one of three locations where trees can be dropped off.

The city will continue to accept trees through Jan. 8, officials said.

The city has been collecting trees after Christmas for at least 10 years, said Johnny Williams, a supervisor in the parks division.

Most of the trees will be ground into wood chips and used at city parks and gardens, he said, although people are welcome to take trees from the collection points for their own uses.

Fishermen, for example, like to sink Christmas trees in private ponds and public lakes to provide cover for game fish, Mr. Williams said.

"We give people a chance to come get them," he said.

The supervisor said he was unsure if the wood chips and mulch the city collected from the trees saved the municipality money.

It does save the people who drop off trees the headache of disposing of them, Mr. Williams said.

"It's convenient," he said.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 648-1395 ext. 110, or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.

TREE DROP-OFFS

Aiken is collecting Christmas trees at the following locations through Monday, Jan. 8. Trees can be dropped off every day between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.:


- H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road

- Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road

- Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St.