ACUA Recommends Recycling Live Christmas Trees

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Most presents have been opened and the wrapping paper has been thrown away, but when it comes to disposing of your live Christmas tree, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has some Eco-friendly tips for area residents.

As the new year approaches, most would agree it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations.

But most don’t know that a live Christmas tree can have a further purpose after being used for holiday decoration.

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Rick Dovey, president of the ACUA says recycling your Christmas tree can have several benefits. 

One of those is something you could easily get back from the ACUA and use in your own backyard.

“We put out flocked trees, tinsel and lights and any ornaments should be taken off beforehand," said Dovey. "We bring them here, it saves the town money, it saves landfill space and the trees are recycled into mulch.”

The ACUA has already been working on composting a few trees. Dovey says the compost is transformed into EcoSoil that is sold by the ACUA. 

This year, Dovey says he hopes more residents will participate in the Eco-conscious effort.

“Last year we received 500 tons of trees, so that’s normal and expected but we don’t know how many people participated, it’s hard to guess how many folks have live trees and artificial trees,” said Dovey. 

Those who might not have the time to personally drop off their live tree also have the option to leave it on the curbside for pick up by the ACUA starting Saturday, January 5th until the Friday, January 25th.

Dovey has some reminders about what to do before the collection period begins.

“Make sure all the other ornaments and lights are off," said Dovey. "Flocked trees are fine and just put it out next year in your trash and our teams will pick it up and make sure that it gets to the right place to our compost facility for reuse and made into mulch." 

Even though the ACUA only collects the trees within eight municipalities in Atlantic County, Dovey recommends those in other counties contact their local public works department to see how they can properly recycle trees.

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