(Re)cycle begins as Christmas trees are tossed out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As quickly as presents are cleared from under the Christmas tree, people prepare to toss out their seasonal in-home greenery.The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County today are launching their annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program, geared toward making waste into something useful.“All the trash in the landfill is usually covered with natural soil or green waste to keep rodents and odors away,” Mark Giljum, districts spokesman, said. “When we get the Christmas trees, we chop them up and spread them on top of the trash instead of using natural soil.”The recycling program is free to residents who live in cities that sponsor tree collections. Local cities participating include Baldwin Park, West Covina, Whittier, Pico Rivera and Pasadena.Officials said tree collections will take place on city designated trash days until Jan. 14.Residents interested of taking advantage of the program should leave their trees on the curb to be picked up by waste haulers. “We usually keep our tree until after New Year’s because we always get it so late and I like my kids to enjoy it as long as possible,” said Nichole Zuniga, 27, of West Covina. “Being able to throw it outside and not have to worry about it definitely helps.”Trees that are flocked and that have fire retardant are recyclable and also may be placed curbside. “We require residents to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and any other decorations in order for the trees to be picked up,” said Marie Knudsen, Whittier’s recycling coordinator.While recycling is credited for keeping trees out of washes, rivers and vacant lots, conservationists said it also good for the environment.“Christmas tree recycling is one of the most popular seasonal recycling efforts each year,” Anne Reichman, director for Earth 911, said. “Buying and recycling a Christmas tree is one way that each individual can positively impact the environment.”Last year, county officials said they collected 360,000 Christmas trees.For more information on the County’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program call (888) CleanLA, visit www.888CleanLa.com or call your local city hall. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img

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