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Christmas Tree Recycling to Begin Jan. 6 in State College Area

by on January 05, 2014 9:45 AM

For State College Borough residents, recycling of fresh cut Christmas trees will begin Monday, Jan. 6 and continue through Friday, Jan. 17.

Residents do not need to call to arrange pick-up. Trees should be free of lights, ornaments and tree stands and should be placed with the trunk closest to the curb to assist crews.

Crews will process trees through a chipper and recycle the wood chips into mulch or compost.

If a snowstorm is predicted, borough officials ask that residents move trees from the curb to facilitate snow plowing operations and to prevent the tree from becoming part of a snow bank for the winter.

Starting Jan. 18, residents must call the Public Works Department at 814-234-7135 or 814-234-7140 to schedule collection for a regular, Monday brush collection.

The Centre Region COG Refuse and Recycling Program coordinates the Christmas tree recycling for Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships. The trees will be taken to the State College Borough where they will be turned into mulch.

The contracted hauler, Advanced Disposal, will collect Christmas trees Jan. 6 through Jan. 10 from residents' curb.

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.

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

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