Christmas Tree Recycling

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POSTED: Monday, December 27, 2010 - 5:33pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 9:18am

The City of McAllen is urging residents to recycle the center piece of their holiday decorations, their Christmas tree.

Many Upper Valley residents recycle paper and plastic, but for the next few weeks the city of McAllen is urging residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

"The holiday is almost over, once you finish enjoying your Christmas tree please bring it to our center to recycle. We do make Christmas tree mulch from that," said Delilah Martinez, Environmental Education Manager.

But before you bring your tree down to the recycle center, there are a few things to check out on your tree.

"If you had snow on it, we can't accept those. We need for it to be a Christmas tree that hasn't been flocked," said Martinez.

The tree must also be 'clean.' That means free of all ornaments and decorations.

Once collected the trees are taken to the McAllen Compost Facility to be put into a large grinder. From the grinder, the trees are turned into seasonal mulch.

"Just the smell, every time you water it it gives off the Christmas tree smell, so people ask for it a lot," said Claudia Mendiola, McAllen Compost Facility.

The City of McAllen is creating several drop off points for recycled trees.

"We have three drop off locations that will be made available, here at our Recycling Center, which is 4101 N. Bentsen Road. We also have our Composting Facility which is located at 4101 Idela Avenue, and we are working on another facility to be made available tomorrow, the Walmart that is located here on Nolana," Martinez.

The Recycling Center said they are accepting all types of trees and all sizes of trees.

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