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County Offers 'Treecycling' for Christmas Trees

Only real trees can be accepted—no artificial or flocked trees please.

Burlington County is making it easy for residents to get rid of their Christmas trees by once again offering free recycling of the festive timber.   

To be eligible for free disposal, residents or municipalities should bring the trees to the Resource Recovery Complex in Florence and Mansfield as a separate load—that is, not mixed with trash.
       
No artificial or flocked trees can be accepted. All plastic bags, ropes, decorations, garland, tinsel, ornaments, lights, stands, wires and nails should be removed before dropping off the tree.
       
“This service increases local recycling rates and is a money-saver for the towns,” said Freeholder Joseph Donnelly. “Beyond that, we actually make good use of the recycled trees, by grinding them up, and using them as an amendment at the co-composting facility. Or to put it another way, ‘treecycling’ returns valuable nutrients back to the environment.”
       
Each town handles tree, brush and yard waste differently, so residents should contact their municipality to see if they offer curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling.

The National Christmas Tree Association reports 25 million to 30 million live Christmas trees are sold nationwide every year and for every tree harvested up to three seedlings are planted in its place the following spring. Also, of the 350,000 acres in use for growing Christmas trees, each acre provides the daily oxygen required for 18 people, making them the “greener choice” compared to artificial trees.

For details on bringing in Christmas trees for treecycling, call the Resource Recovery Complex scalehouse 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 609-499-5300 or the County Recycling Office at 609-499-1001.

Provided by the Burlington County Office of Public Information

Ric December 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It does not seem the county bigwigs thought this one out. The fossil fuels I would use by driving my tree to the Recovery Center would be damage the environment far more than by my leaving my old tree out by the curb with the weekly trash pickup. So the “greener alternative” is not to drive to the Resource Recovery Complex in Florence and Mansfield.
Edith December 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I have to agree with you Ric, who would drive all the way to Florence and waste all that gas? Curbside pick up to me sounds like a much "greener alternative".
noyb December 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I think you both missed the point. I hardly think curbside pick up in a dozzen giant trucks that gets 4 MPG, stopping at every house in Burlington county for the next month straight would be more fuel efficient. The pint of the article is that millions of trees head to the land fill every year. If you are in the area or in want to participate drop your trees at the county they will recycle them to help reduce the landfill waste. We pay by the ton for trash hauled to the dump and filling half the trucks with trees is also a waste. At the landfil they will pile them up and run em thru a grinder and make mulch and stuff. If you dont want to participate then dont. Its funny you probably drove to Columbus to cut down your very own live tree, but wont go to the land fill to recycle it when your done. BTW I think Cinnaminson does do curb side pick up. Maybe someone will chime in with the date but I think if you put them out on a certain date they will pick up and recycle them in town. Not all towns have the ability to do that so opening up the landfill to recycle them is a nice alternative.
Ric December 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Sorry but I have to disagree. One truck should be able to pick up a 100 trees and at 4 mph it would use far less fuel than 100 cars at 25 mph with one tree each to the county Recovery Center.
noyb December 26, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Im not gonna sit here and argue with you over what is more fuel efficient. The fact is there are 450k residents in Burlington county... it would take an army of trucks and men to drive to every house to collect chrismas trees. You need to buy the trucks, trailers, fuel, and men to do it. Who's gonna pay for it? Certainly no you.... They are offering it for free but you gotta get off your butt and drive it there. If you're not up to it then so be it, but dot say its not worth it at all. Its just not worth it for you.... Every tree kept out of the land fill is less trash to deal with. As I said pretty sure Cinnaminson already does it in town. But you do pay for it in your taxes.
John December 26, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Oh boy, so what else do we pay in our taxes.....schools, fire dept, burlington county just to name a few.....Oh, lets make sure we are not going to get a summons for putting things out that are not supposed to be out....I would venture to say that not all 450k people have live trees in there house, but I do not know....oh well, happy holiday
noyb December 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
your right... not all of them have live trees and not all of them have their OWN tree. Most of them are 1 tree per house if its a live tree. BC is over 800 square miles... how much do you think it would cost to drive it with trucks and men paid by the hour to collect stuff they dont even know is there or not? We pay for a lot of sht in taxes. the county is offering free tree recycling you just gotta bring it there, pretty simple if you ask me. But there is always a tool on this site who will disagree and think its some conspiricy theory or something.... if you dont like it then dont do it and shut the pie hole. Most people can make their own decision if they want to participate or not. There are thousands of households near the landfill who dont have curbside pick up its an option for them to get rid of the tree responsibly.
yesyob December 27, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Wow what a deep discussion. Over a tree, who are you a Lorax? Maybe the great and wonderful Oz can sort all this out, it's just so overwhelming for grown people to handle. I am glad I have an artificial tree. Luckily Cinna.'s Xmas tree is alive or we would have to have this go before the Twp Com. and we all know how long that would take to get a decision. Move along. Next!
noyb December 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
the problem is the Ric dude hes an f'n tool. He will argue or respond in some retard manor on every single story they write. You're right its just a tree and the story simply stated if you want to recycle it here is what you can do. But Ric has it all figured out... there is always something wrong, everyone else is always dumb or stupid or has no idea what they are talking about. In fact I think maybe I am a tool too.... its obvious that his comments about this subject are correct. We should certainly drive to every house and pick up the trees for free. In fact it will work so well and save so many recourses, I dont understand why we dont do it on a state level. Heck they should drive to every house in the state!. Wait, if it can work at the state level its obvious it will work on a national level too! Call the president! Push the idea thru congress right NOW!!!! We can pile all 1.5 billion trees on the white house lawn and burn them in the 43 fireplaces. It will heat the building for weeks!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
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Ric December 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
@noyb. Wow! Are you having a bad holiday? Let me be the first to wish you a better New Year. I sincerely apologize that my suggestion that driving your Christmas tree to the Recovery Center is not the "Greener Alternative" had deeply offended you. I had not realized my words would be an affront to your sensibilities. I hope you can forgive me. Best wishes for a better 2013. P.S. I have never watched the township pick up Christmas trees so I do hope they pick them up separately. In any case, I will do my bit for the environment and leave mine out by the curb. We purposely did not cover our tree in tinsel or flocking in hopes it would be recycled. And we are saving three gallons of gas.
Bull Pitt December 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Damn Ric, you really did it now! You tool. .lol…. hey KNOB, Ric is right. Not to hard to comprehend. Do you even live in Cinnaminson? Trashmen take everything here. I will be putting mine in the trash with everything else. I can't even fit a tree in my car anyway, and I'm not tying it to the roof to drive to Florence. Whats really funny is that Freeholder Donnelly says it's a "money saver" for townships. Hahaha, we could invent something that would save the township $1,000,000, but us taxpayers still would never see a break, they will just blow it on something stupid! Hey, we could use another sledding hill!
noyb December 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Ric is a tool reguardless... your ideas and comments are silly and you do annoy me ;) The article simply stated a way to recycle your christmas tree. If you want to throw it out regular trash then have fun no one will give a hoot. If you are a tree hugger and want to recycle it you can take it to the county. The county big wigs have nothing to do with calcualting your fuel milage on your car and they dont care. Just for spite I'll spend the $3 in gas and drive my tree there now ;) I can afford to "waste the fossil fuel" I had a great holiday and your still a tool....
idc December 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
All of you are nuts!!

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