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Opportunities abound to unload Christmas trees

January 09, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It's time to get rid of that ratty old Christmas tree in your living room. Conveniently, Franklin County residents have several ways to recycle the trees instead of tossing them into the garbage.

In Greencastle, trees can be dropped off at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center through noon Saturday, said Director Charles White. Boy Scout Troop 99 once again has volunteered to pick up trees at the curbside in the borough Saturday morning. Trees should be placed at the curb by 8 a.m.

Already, about 500 trees have been deposited at the center, White said.

"If you need a Christmas tree I have a good buy on them," he said. White said the scouts and the center have recycled trees for more than 10 years. Bartlett Tree Experts and Alpine Tree Service have volunteered to chip the trees, which will be used for mulch at the center and other school district properties. "It doesn't fill up the landfill and it doesn't create an eyesore in people's back yards," White said.

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Each tree creates less than a five-gallon pail's worth of mulch, White said.

Waynesboro residents should have their trees at the curb by 6 a.m. Saturday, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger. Waste Management will dispose of the trees, he said.

Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said the township transfer station halfway up the mountain to Blue Ridge Summit accepts Christmas trees with a $1 recycling charge.

Mercersburg picked up trees on Thursday, said Borough Manager Judy Chambers.

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