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Several Franklin sites accept Christmas trees

December 29, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Several thousand Christmas trees in homes across Franklin County will soon be dropping their needles, but residents will be able to drop off their trees at sites around the county.

A site open to all county residents is behind the Penn State Extension Office, 191 Franklin Farm Lane, according to County Senior Planner Sherri Clayton. Residents can take the trees to a roped off area behind the Extension Office from now to Feb. 15.

"We're going to grind it up and use it on the trails" for the county's Eco-Park, Clayton said. The office is also the designated drop-off site for Guilford Township residents.

"If we have any mulch left over, we're going to use it for landscaping at other county facilities," Clayton said.

The county is purchasing a tub grinder for a composting site it is developing.

In the future, Clayton said the tree recycling and composting program could generate enough mulch and compost to give away any surplus to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Greene Township residents will be allowed to drop off their trees only at the township composting facility on Mickey's Inn Road. The drop-off dates are Monday, Jan. 3, through Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Saturday, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antrim Township residents can take their trees to the Greencastle-Antrim School District's Tayamentasachta Environmental Center until Saturday, Jan. 8. The district uses the trees for mulch at the center and other school buildings.

In Greencastle there will be curbside pickup of trees on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 8, by local Boy Scouts.

Chambersburg will have curbside pickup for both sides of Lincoln Way and all streets north on the week beginning Monday, Jan. 10, according to Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey. All residents south of Lincoln Way can put their trees out beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Mickey said the trees have to be placed on the front curb, not in the alleys where many residents normally place their trash.

For $1 each, anyone can take their trees to the Washington Township Transfer Station, 12725 Buchanan Trail East, according to Clayton. Trees can be dropped off Mondays through Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

In Fannett Township, trees can be left at the municipal building at 19220 Sweetwater Road, Dry Run, on Saturday, Jan. 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Letterkenny Township, trees can be left at the municipal building at 4924 Orrstown Road, on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Southampton Township residents can leave their trees at the municipal building at 705 Municipal Drive, Shippensburg.

For more information about Christmas tree recycling, residents can call their municipalities or the Franklin County Planning Department at 1-717-261-3855.

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