Henderson County’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling Event is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jackson Park. At this post-holiday event, Christmas trees will be chipped into mulch, a fragrantly fresh pile of chips will be available for free gathering, and hot apple cider will be served by volunteers with the Environmental and Conservation Organization. More than 1,600 trees were chipped last year … keeping this valuable resource out of the landfill and producing piles of useful product.
Beginning the day after Christmas, trees may be dropped off to the parking lot for Field # 6 at Jackson Park. Christmas tree vendors are encouraged to bring leftover trees to the site. Trees will be chipped on January 7. No balled trees or wreaths or greenery with wire will be accepted.
Hendersonville city residents may leave their Christmas trees at curbside, where the trees will be chipped and counted as part of the recycling project.
During the Saturday event, ECO volunteers will direct traffic, help unload trees, and assist participants who gather mulch. Those planning to collect mulch should bring boxes or bags.
The event is coordinated by ECO in cooperation with Henderson County Parks and Recreation, Hendersonville Public Works, and Henderson County Solid Waste Dept and sponsored by King’s Hardware. The event will take place rain or shine.
ECO is offering a special service for those who would like their trees picked up. ECO volunteers will be picking up trees for the nominal fee of $15 per pickup between January 3 and January 7th. Contact ECO at 692-0385 for details.
“Once the holidays are over, consider giving a gift to the earth by mulching your tree and let it live again. Participants of the Christmas Tree Recycling Program also receive a free gift, good quality mulch for their garden and pathways,” says Doreen Blue, project coordinator. “Children love to see their Christmas tree transformed by the big chipper trucks, and everyone enjoys the fragrance that fills the air. It’s a festive day that has lots of benefits. We invite folks to join in.”
For more information call the ECO office at 692-0385 or visit the web site at www.eco-wnc.org.
Originally published on 12/28/2011 11:02 AM.