Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling

For Immediate Release: 12/24/2013 2:00 PM

Contact: Linda Lowe, Public Information Specialist, Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources/301-883-5952

Prince George’s County Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Program offers eco-friendly disposal of holiday trees; creates valuable landscaping mulch
LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Waste Management Division is encouraging all County residents to go green this holiday season by recycling their live Christmas trees instead of throwing it in the trash.  Beginning December 26, 2013, all County residents will have the opportunity to recycle their undecorated Christmas trees, free of charge, through their yard waste collection or at one of two designated drop-off locations.  Once collected, the trees will be shredded and cured to produce mulch for DER’s annual spring Mulch Giveaway.
“I encourage all County residents to go green this holiday season and recycle their Christmas tree, said DER Director Adam Ortiz.  “By doing so, you will dispose of your tree in an eco-friendly way, and will help decrease the amount of debris hauled to the landfill and create a valuable resource that can later be used for landscaping.” 
To participate, residents with County-provided yard waste collection should place their live Christmas trees at the curb before 6:30 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day.  Residents may also bring their tree, free of charge, to the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility located at 6601 Southeast Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or to the Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center located at 3501 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Trees must be free of all lights, ornaments and tinsel, and must be removed from plastics bags before placing at the curb for collection.  
For more information on this program or recycling, contact CountyClick at 3-1-1.
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