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Recycle your Christmas tree

Published On: Dec 26 2012 01:02:07 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 09:17:46 PM CST
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Get a real tree: Not only do the real things help produce oxygen while they're growing, afterward you can either turn them into mulch or, if you get a live tree, replant them. PVC, which most fake trees are made of, has a large carbon footprint during the tree production process, according to PlanetGreen.com.

EL PASO, Texas -

After the holidays are over, the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department encourages residents to recycle their cut Christmas trees.
 
Residents can drop off their trees at any of the City's Citizen Collection Stations starting today, December 26.  The service is free.

Trees take to the drop-off sites will be chipped into mulch and given away to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Christmas tree recycle program gives residents an environmentally-friendly alternative to get rid of cut trees and keep them out of the landfill.
 
Trees to be recycled must be free of all decorations including; ornaments, tinsel and lights. The drop-off hours and locations are as follows:
 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
 
4200 Delta
121 Atlantic
1034 Pendale
2492 Harrison
4501 Hondo Pass (entrance off of Stahala)
 
For more information call the Environmental Services Department at (915) 621-6700.

Source: Environmental Services Department

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