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Curbside Christmas tree pickup offered in Berkeley County

December 27, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Curbside pickup of Christmas trees is being offered in Berkeley County next month by Apple Valley Waste, the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority announced Wednesday.

Half of the $10 fee charged per tree will be donated to the Martinsburg unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, according to authority chairman Clint Hogbin.

Residents also can dispose of their trees free of charge through the Authority's voluntary drop-off program, which is offered at the Grapevine Road and South Berkeley recycling centers, Hogbin said.

To arrange for curbside pickup, residents should contact Apple Valley Waste at 304-267-1280 during business hours, Hogbin said.

The authority's two recycling centers will accept trees Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas trees must have all lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, stands and all other items removed to be accepted.

"A good rule of thumb is to return the tree to the same natural state in which it was purchased," Hogbin said in a news release on Wednesday.

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Each tree will be inspected and Hogbin encouraged Christmas tree vendors with excess stock to participate.

"The trees will be ground with other brush debris into mulch, which will be sold to generate income for the recycling program," Hogbin said.

The mulch can be purchased at both the South Berkeley and the Grapevine Road recycling centers.

Additional information is available by contacting the Solid Waste Authority at 304-267-9370 or the Berkeley County Recycling Hotline at 304-671-2925 or e-mail berkeleycountyswa@msn.com.

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