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December 18th, 2008
First ever recycling Christmas tree program announced in Dripping Springs

Instead of leaving your Christmas tree curbside with your holiday trash, the City of Dripping Springs council and staff would like to encourage you to “THINK GREEN” and participate in the city’s first ever Christmas Tree Recycling Program.Marcus Lees, owner of Lees Trees, has generously donated the services of his company to recycle undecorated Christmas Trees into high quality mulch that will be given away for free.

Residents participating in the Christmas Tree Recycling Program should drop off their trees, also free of charge, at the Triangle, located at intersection of Hwy 290 and Ranch Road 12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays, January 3 and 10, 2009. The mulch will be available on a first-come-first-service basis. Individuals picking up mulch should bring their own bags and tools required to carry it away.

“Recycling Christmas trees is a wonderful way for our citizens and businesses to help the environment,” said City Administrator Michelle Fischer. Completely earth-friendly, she added, the chippings can be used for various projects from flower beds to gardens to hiking trails.

Before depositing trees, all tree stands, lights, ornaments and other tree decorations must be removed. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop off location. If you have any questions, contact City Hall at 512-858-4725 for more information.

FACTS ABOUT TREECYCLING

from WWW.EARTH911.COM

* In a national survey, 93 percent of consumers who used a real Christmas tree recycled theirs in some sort of community program.

* Today around 98 percent of real Christmas trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource, and real trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and pumpkins are cultivated for harvest.

* For each real Christmas tree harvested, up to three new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

* There are about 500,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements for 18 people.

* This year, over 60 million new seedlings were planted by Christmas tree farmers all over North America.

from the City of Dripping Springs

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