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Berkeley County tree recycling announced

December 30, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Christmas trees will be accepted at no charge for recycling at drop-off locations at the Grapevine Road and South Berkeley recycling centers, according to Clint Hogbin, chairman of the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority.

The trees can be dropped off Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Hogbin said in a press release. Trees must be organic, and ornaments, tinsel, wire, stands and other decorations must be removed.

"A good rule of thumb is to return the tree to the same natural state in which it was purchased," Hogbin said. "Each tree will be inspected by the recycling center staff prior to acceptance."

The Christmas trees will be ground with other brush debris, and the mulch will be sold to produce income for the recycling program, according to the release. The mulch can be purchased at both the South Berkeley and Grapevine Road recycling centers.

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For the first time since tree recycling was offered in 1997, residents may take part in a charitable pickup service offered by the Martinsburg unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, according to the release.

Trees are scheduled to be picked up Saturday and Jan. 6. A donation of $10 to $15 per tree is requested, and the money raised will support the club's efforts to assist young people of the county, according to the release.

Arrangements to have trees picked up must be made with the Boys & Girls Club by calling Stacie Rohn at 304-263-2696.

Residents with questions or comments about the authority's recycling program may call their office at 304-267-9370 or the Berkeley County Recycling Hotline at 304-671-2925, or send an e-mail to berkeleycountyswa@msn.com.

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