Boyle County turns discarded Christmas trees into free mulch

December 23, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Live Christmas trees that made holidays bright will be used to help May flowers bloom.

Boyle County will dry discarded trees, chip the wood and give the mulch away. Solid Waste Coordinator Donna Fechter asks residents to remember to recycle their trees after Christmas.

There will be drop-offs at the water treatment plant off of Lexington Avenue for Danville residents and at the Perryville Convenience Center for county residents.

Decorations and lights should be taken off of the trees. The trees have to sit until the sap dries out. Then the wood will be mulched, and anyone who wants it can pick it up at the Perryville Convenience Center.


The county still has some mulch there now for those who want it. Mulch can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents can take a little mulch or larger loads in flatbed or pickup trucks. Mulch can be used around trees and on top of gardens or bulbs. Fechter said people also have used it as a brown material in their mulch piles.

Danville and Perryville residents who just want to discard their trees can put them on the curb, but Fechter said the trees must be cut into 3-foot sections.

"No larger than 3 feet, or they will not be picked up," she said.

Residents with private, door-to-door trash collection also may put their trees on the curb in 3-foot sections.

Those who have no way to cut their trees can bring them either to the water treatment plant or the Perryville Convenience Center, which is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information about recycling trees, call Tony Griffith in Danville at (859) 238-1230 or Ralph Smith in the county at 238-1116.

For more information on trash collection, call M&M Sanitation at (859) 936-1600 or BFI at 236-7707.

Fechter said Christmas cards and boxes also can be recycled.

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