Recyclers ready for dried-out evergreens

December 29, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - If Old Tannenbaum is starting to drop needles, it's time to think about getting it out of the house and putting it to good use.

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority will be accepting Christmas trees at its Grapevine Road recycling center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 2 to 31.

The authority asks that no artificial trees be dropped off and all trees should be free of lights, bulbs, tinsel and other ornaments. The trees will be ground into mulch by a contractor in Jefferson County, W.Va., according to the authority.


In Martinsburg, the Public Works Department will be doing curbside pickup of trees Jan. 5 to 16. Residents can also bring their trees to the city recycling center on East Stephen Street from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The trees can also be taken to the Public Works facility on Boston Street from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

In Jefferson County, the Solid Waste Authority will accept trees at no charge up to Jan. 22 at the transfer station on Leetown Pike near Charles Town, W.Va. Manager Roger Gambill said the station is open from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Between Friday and Jan. 9, residents of Morgan County, W.Va., can take their trees to the uppermost lot at the Senior Center on Green Street in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The trees can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the county's Solid Waste Authority.

In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough will be picking up Christmas trees on both sides of Lincoln Way and all streets north during the week beginning Jan. 12. Beginning Jan. 20, there will be curbside pickup for residents living on the south side of town.

"We haul the chipper right behind the truck and chip them up as we go," said Bob Wagner, director of public works. He said an area farmer mixes the mulch with manure for use on his fields.

For a number of years, the Environmental Education Advisory Committee of the Greencastle-Antrim School District and Boy Scout Troop 99 have been recycling Christmas trees in the Greencastle, Pa., area.

From now through Jan. 10, the trees can be dropped off at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500 Leitersburg St. The Scouts will be picking up the trees in the borough of Greencastle on the morning of Jan. 10.

Residents are asked to have the trees at the curb before 8 a.m. Bartlett Tree Experts of Chambersburg will chip the trees into mulch, which will be used for landscaping school district property.

In McConnellsburg, Pa., the Jaycees will be picking up trees Sunday. Residents are asked to have the trees at the curb for the early morning pickup.

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