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Christmas tree pickup benefits W.Va. club

December 26, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The annual curbside pickup of organic Christmas trees in Berkeley County beginning next month again will benefit the Martinsburg unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, county Solid Waste Authority chairman Clint Hogbin announced Friday in a press release.

The cost of the curbside service provided by Apple Valley Waste Service Inc. is $10 per tree, with half of the proceeds donated to the Boys & Girls club unit, Hogbin said. The pickup service, available by contacting Apple Valley, is not available to residents who receive collection service from the City of Martinsburg.

To be accepted for disposal, Christmas trees must be organic and have all lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, stands and all other forms of decoration removed, Hogbin said.

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

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As of Friday, county residents also can drop off their trees at the recycling centers at 870 Grapevine Road east of Martinsburg and 637 Pilgrim St. in Inwood in southern Berkeley County at no charge. Each tree will be inspected by the recycling center staff prior to acceptance.

Both recycling centers are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Apple Valley Waste can be reached during business hours at 304-267-1280 to schedule the curbside tree pickup.

For information about the Berkeley County recycling program, call the Solid Waste Authority at 304-267-9370 or the recycling hot line at 304-671-2925, or send an e-mail to berkeleycountyswa@msn.com.

The county recycling program's Internet Web site is at www.berkeleycountycomm.org/links/recycle.cfm.

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