Christmas Tree Recycling: An Easy Environmental 'Win'
12/27/2006

The City of Fresno partners with the American Corps of Engineers in a unique program aimed at preserving our environment using discarded Christmas trees.

Working with the American Corps of Engineers, the Solid Waste Division will collect all full size Christmas trees cleared of holiday decorations at multi-family complexes to be used as a protective habitat for baby fish living in the Pine Flat reservoir. In addition to providing a protective barrier for the fish, over time, the trees will gradually decompose, adding beneficial nutrients to the water.

While this program is specific to full-sized Christmas trees collected at multi-family complexes, single family customers are asked to clear their trees of all ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands, cut them down to three-foot lengths and place in the GREEN waste receptacles for City pick up. This process will work to divert additional bulk to the City landfills as the green waste is processed into mulch.

For multi-family complex Christmas tree removal, the City asks that property owners or managers designate ONE or TWO sites on the property for tenants to place trees for collection. Collection dates can be scheduled by contacting the Solid Waste Division at 621-1452 prior to January 9, 2007. Collection for single family residents will continue on their regularly scheduled dates and times.

For more information on the Christmas tree collection program, contact the City Solid Waste Division at 621-1452.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777 Patti Miller, Public Affairs Administrator 621-7795

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