It didn’t take long for the first Christmas tree to make it to the Dothan Utilities complex Thursday morning.
A man brought the tree to the designated recycling area early Thursday, just more than 24 hours past Santa’s visit. City of Dothan Utilities officials hope many area residents follow suit.
The city announced Thursday it will accept live Christmas trees for recycling at the main utilities complex at 200 Kilgore drive, just off South Park Avenue. Trees will be accepted from now until Jan. 10. A banner sign at the complex will direct residents where to drop off the tree.
Residents are asked to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel and any other decorations before bringing the tree for recycling. The trees will be fed into a wood chipper and turned into mulch. The mulch will be made available to residents at their request. Those wanting mulch can make their request known at the utilities office when turning in the tree, or by calling 334-615-3300.
Officials are hoping for a huge response in order to save space in the city landfill. According to the city, one cubic yard of landfill space is saved for every 10 Christmas trees recycled.
Christmas Tree Facts
» Live Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the U.S. since 1850
» The most popular Christmas trees are: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, Fraser fir, balsam fir, Virginia pine and white pine
» 93 percent of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
- University of Illinois Urban Extension