Options abound in recycling your old Christmas tree

Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 4:03 PM
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Your Christmas tree can have a second life as a fish habitat.

Through Jan. 5, you can drop off your real Christmas tree (no artificial trees) at Riverside Middle School, 1095 Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will sink the trees around fishing piers in Thurmond Lake to improve fishing habitat.

Decorations, including tinsel, must be removed from the trees before dropping them off. Dumping of household trash at the site is prohibited.

Got a pond and want to create a habitat of your own? Trees will also be left at several lake ramps for members of the public to pick up and use. You can get a list of locations where the trees will be available from the Corps’ Thurmond Lake Project Office after Jan. 10. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Thurmond Office at (800) 533-3478.

In Augusta, the Augusta-Richmond County Solid Waste will be collecting Christmas trees through Jan. 15. Just leave your live tree at curbside on your first pickup day. The city will pick up discarded artificial trees as bulk waste on the second pickup day. All decorations should be removed.

Live Christmas trees from any county may be taken to the landfill at 4330 Deans Bridge Road, Blythe, to be recycled at no charge. Call the Solid Waste Department at (706) 592-3200.

You can also drop off your tree through Jan. 9 at The Home Depot, 520 N. Belair Road in Evans. The trees will be mulched from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

You need to remove decorations and tree stands before drop-off. The store will give away seed packets at the Jan. 9 event, and you can pick up mulch for free. Bring bags and shovels.

Call (706) 312-7195, or see www.columbiacountyga.gov.


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