Christmas tree recycling locations for 2012

Christmas tree recycling locations for 2012

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Looking for a place to recycle your old Christmas tree? The Alabama Environmental Council has compiled a list of several locations across the state that accept old trees for recycling.

See their list below:

Birmingham - Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service on regularly scheduled pickup days.

The Birmingham Zoo and the Mountain Brook Tree Commission are working together to recycle natural Christmas trees at the Birmingham Zoo. Drop off natural trees free of ornaments, garland, etc. at the zoo's picnic area until January 6. The trees will be turned into mulch and used to control erosion throughout the zoo.

Gadsden- Trees can be dropped off this week in front of the Aquaculture Center of Gadsden State Community College. The tree branches will be dropped into the school's ponds to encourage the spawning of yellow perch. The college is located on Wallace Drive in Gadsden.

Gardendale - Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Mulch generated goes to Gardendale city landscaping.

Homewood - From 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on December 26 through January 9 natural, decoration free Christmas trees can be brought to the corner parking lot at Dale and Grace St. The trees will be recycled and the mulch will be used for paths at the Homewood City School's Community Garden. Decoration-free, natural trees can also be dropped off in the designated areas in the back rear parking lot of the Homewood Public Library.

Hoover - The City of Hoover will pick up trees curbside and take them to the landfill through their usual garbage pickup.  However, if you want to recycle a tree in Hoover, take it to Municipal Lane behind the library where it will be turned into mulch.

Montgomery - On Saturdays December 29 and January 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. natural Christmas trees free of ornaments and decorations can be brought to any Saturday Trash Collection Point. Trees will be recycled as mulch or used for fish hatcheries in local lakes. For questions please contact the City of Montgomery at 334-241-2925.

Tuscaloosa - From December 25 through January 13 natural Christmas trees, natural garland, and wreaths free of decorations and ornaments can be dropped off in the marked, designated areas at the Belle Food's (formerly Bruno's) parking lot just off McFarland Boulevard. The Environmental Service Department will take the trees, garland, and wreaths to Farley's Forest Products where they will be processed into mulc. For questions, please contact the Environmental Services Dept. at 205-248-4900.

Shelby County-County citizens can drop off their trees for recycling on December 26 through January 4 at the following locations:

-Pelham City Park (off US 31 in Pelham)

-Ray Building (off Alabama 70 in Columbiana)

-Chelsea City Hall

-Heardmont Park on U.S. 119

-Propst Alabaster LLC (formerly Colonial Properties Alabaster, at the end of the AmStar Theater parking lot)

All drop areas are located in parking lots and designated with orange traffic cones and signs.

Vestavia - Decoration free, natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at Scout Square (The Christmas Tree Lot) right off of Highway 31 in Vestavia. Donated trees are used as fish habitats in the lakes on the properties of Alabama Power.

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