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Christmas Tree Collection to Begin in January for State College Area for Recycling

by on December 26, 2013 12:30 PM

State College Borough will begin collecting fresh cut trees during the week of Jan. 6.

Borough residents are asked to place trees at the curb and a crew will chip the tree, then transport the chipped material to the borough's compost facility where it will be re-ground to make a mulch product or incorporated into compost production.

The borough asks that all lights, ornaments and tree stands be removed before residents place the tree at the curb.

The Centre Region COG Refuse and Recycling Program coordinates the Christmas tree recycling for Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships.

The contracted hauler, Advanced Disposal, collects Christmas trees Jan. 6 through Jan. 10 from residents' curb, according to Pamela J. Adams, regional refuse and recycling administrator for Centre Region COG.

Collection may not necessarily occur on regular trash collection days. Residents should remove all lights and decorations from trees. Officials also ask that residents do not place trees in bags.

Officials also said residents should avoid placing trees at curbside if it may snow before trees are collected.

There is no additional cost for tree removal.

In 2012, 40 tons of Christmas trees were collected and then chipped into mulch at the State College Borough Composting Facility.

Recycled trees have previously been applied as a ground cover in landscaping applications throughout the townships.

Tree pick up does not apply to properties with dumpster service.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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