"Tree Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM CDT

The holiday season is over and it is about time to take down your decorations and the Christmas tree.

If you purchased a "real" tree, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson has some tips on how to dispose of the tree in an earth friendly way... in this weeks "Your Green Life."

During the Holidays you can catch Northlanders strapping a carefully selected evergreen to the roofs of their cars to be taken home and decorated.
But after the holiday is over, there are things you should know about recycling your tree.

"We no longer have one day events", Lori Blais says. WLSSD

In past years WLSSD hosted several one day tree collection events, but this year they have set up twelve passive locations so you can recycle your tree at your own convenience.
But before you strap that tree back to the roof of you car don't forget to follow these simple rules.

"If you have a tree stand please take the tree stand off, the tree bags should come off and go back home with you and go back in your own trash", says Lori.

And when you bring in your tree for recycling this year, don't forget to take off the garland.
Also, remember the time you took to pick out the perfectly shaped tree? Well that time you spent will still be appreciated in the tree's second life.

"They set up a mini golf course and they use all of your trees as barricades to set out a course", said Lori.

Then after that, they will be chipped for a source of fuel for various industries across the Northland.
For Your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.

Places you can Recycle your trees (From WLSSD's Website)

Recycle your Holiday Tree

In the Duluth area, treecycle at any of the following sites from December 27 to January 10:

• Lester Park

in the parking lot by the playground

• Chester Bowl

in the parking lot by the playground

• Duluth Heights Community Club

in the parking lot across the street

• Woodland Community Club

in the lower parking lot next to Woodland Avenue

• Rose Garden

in the parking lot

• City of Duluth West Toolhouse

2407 Commonwealth Avenue

Treecycle at any of the following sites December 27 through January 31:

• Demo-licious

306 S Central Avenue

• VEIT/Demolition Landfill Services

1100 W Gary Street, Duluth
• WLSSD Materials Recovery Center 4857 Ridgeview Road, Duluth
• WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site 2626 Courtland Street, Duluth

In Carlton County, treecycle at the following locations between December 27 and January 10:

• SAPPI Fine Paper

Gatehouse Entrance, East End Avenue B, Cloquet

• Moose Lake Compost Site

Across from the City Garage, Moose Lake

In Superior, Wisconsin, bring trees to Target - Superior on January 8 between 9am and 3pm. This site will be the only site with a one-day event and volunteers available to assist with trees.

Treecycling locations accept trees only. Wreaths, garlands, treestands and other holiday decorations are not accepted and should be placed directly in the trash.

Treecycled trees are used for a variety of purposes after they've finished their stint as holiday showpieces. Many are reused in a January fundraising effort in Carlton County and others are chipped for use as trail bedding or tree and shrub mulch. The majority are chipped for use as fuel at local industries. All of these options ensure the trees are beneficially re-used.