‘Tis the season to recycle your Christmas tree

‘Tis the season to recycle your Christmas tree

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene’s Solid Waste Services Division is once again sponsoring “Recycle Christmas”, its annual holiday-themed recycling campaign. Citizens are urged to recycle whatever they can from Christmas trees as well as wrapping paper and cardboard boxes. From Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 through Friday, Jan. 21, 2010, citizens can drop off live Christmas trees at three locations:  Environmental Recycling Center, 2209 Oak Street . Buffalo Gap Road & Rebecca Lane neighborhood recycling drop-off site, under the water tower Vacant lot north of KRBC/KTAB TV studios on Hartford Road . Entry must be made from Hartford Road . Before dropping off a tree, citizens should remove all lights, ornaments, bases and as much tinsel as possible. The Christmas trees will be ground into mulch that will be available free to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Friday, Jan. 28, 2010 at the Environmental Recycling Center . Artificial trees are also accepted at the ERC. The ERC is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.