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Recycling a popular option for Christmas trees

December 30, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With Christmas nearly a week in the past, Tri-State area residents might be thinking about how they'll get rid of their holiday trees.

Throughout the Tri-State area, municipalities offer free tree recycling to residents.

One of these is a new program in Franklin County, Pa.

The county was recently approved for an $81,000 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection grant to purchase a chipper, according to Recycling Coordinator Bob Meredith.

The chipper won't be bought until next year, but Meredith said county residents can drop off trees behind the nursing home on Franklin Farm Lane in Guilford Township. The trees will be chipped into mulch for landscaping on county properties.

In St. Thomas, Metal and Southampton townships in Pennsylvania, trees can be taken to the municipal buildings. Guilford Township residents can drop trees at Franklin Farm Lane, Meredith said.

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This Friday and Saturday, Greene Township, Pa., residents can haul trees to the composting facility on Mickey's Inn Road.

Christmas tree recycling in Greencastle and Antrim Township, pa., will be on Saturday, Jan. 9. Curbside pickup in the borough that morning will be done by Boy Scouts, and township residents can drop the trees at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center by noon that day.

In Letterkenny Township, Pa., trees can be dropped off at the municipal building on Saturday, Jan. 2 and 9, between 8 a.m. and noon. Fannett Township residents can get rid of trees on Jan. 9 between 8 a.m. and noon at the municipal building.

Residents of any town can take trees to the Washington Township Transfer Station on Pa. 16 and drop them off for $1.

Chambersburg will pick up trees on both sides of Lincoln Way and all streets north on Monday, Jan. 11. Residents south of Lincoln Way can set theirs out on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Waynesboro's curbside pickup will be on Saturday, Jan. 9.

In Washington County, Md., residents can take up to three trees to the Reclamation Rubblefill on Kemps Mill Road, or the Greensburg, Kaetzel, Dargan, or Hancock transfer stations, according to Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch.

Trees will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, until Jan. 30, Hoch said.

Curbside pickup in Hagerstown begins on Monday, Jan. 4 for northwest quadrant residents. That will be followed by pickups in the northeast on Jan. 5, the southwest on Jan. 6 and the southeast quadrant on Jan. 7.

Hancock picks up trees on Monday, Jan. 4, and Jan. 11. Smithsburg, Boonsboro and Williamsport officials said town employees will pick up trees set out any time in January.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., residents can take trees to the recycling center on Grapevine Road near Martinsburg between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 8, said Recycling Attendant Susan Foltz.

In Martinsburg, curbside pickup began Monday and runs to Jan. 15. 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 Friday and to the city recycling center on Stephen Street on Fridays and Saturdays during the same hours.

Jefferson County, W.Va., residents can drop off trees from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Leetown Transfer Station during January, Solid Waste Authority Chairman James McGowan said.

Charles Town will pick up trees on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Jan. 12.

Morgan County, W.Va., allows residents to take trees to the Community Service Center on College Street between now and Friday, Jan. 8. Trees should be dropped off at the upper parking lot, said County Administrator Bill Clark.

In Berkeley Springs, trees will be picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

For more information, residents should call their local municipalities.

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