Christmas Tree Recycling in Full Swing!

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 in Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling in Full Swing!

The following information was provided to us by Matthew Smith, Superintendent of Parks at Albemarle County.  Thanks, Matt!

2016-2017 County Parks Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a program that recycles discarded Christmas Trees that are chipped into mulch and offered to the public for free. The County will operate seven sites. The sites will be open from December 26, 2016 to January 16, 2017. The hours will be 7:00 AM until dark daily. The sites are:

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road (Note: Sunday hours are 12:30 to 5:30 pm)
Crozet Park in Crozet
Greenwood Community Center in Greenwood
Chris Greene Lake Park in Earlysville
Darden Towe Park on Elks Drive
Scottsville Community Center in Scottsville
Walnut Creek Park, off Old Lynchburg Road

This County Parks program has been in operation since 1988 and has collected an average of 2300 trees annually that yield over 110 cubic yards of chips. Combining forces with the “Charlottesville Curb Side Pick Up” the joint programs collected 4200 trees yielding 201 cubic yards of chips in 2016. Please note this is reducing the impact on our landfill and helping citizens find a place to dispose of a large and cumbersome item. The recycling location on McIntire Rd may be congested please consider Darden Towe Park as an alternate location that is less congested and is suited better for large loads and contract haulers.
According to Ronnie Shifflett from the City Public Works Department the Charlottesville Curbside Pickup will be the week of January 9, 2017 (trees need to be at the curb side by 7:00 AM). Shortly after the Curb Side Pick-up, the City and County Parks Crews will join forces and chip and estimated 2200 trees at Darden Towe Park. Both Programs require that decorations, stands and nails be removed. Please no “yard waste.”
Free mulch from the recycled trees will be available starting February 1, 2017 at Darden Towe Park.

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