Recycle your Christmas tree to help the parks

Park Superintendent Jeff Kinasz will chomp these former Christmas trees into mulch for re-use in township parks.

By James Hanlon
Leader Staff Writer
If your family is one to leave its Christmas tree up until MLK Day, you still have time to recycle it.
Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting live Christmas trees at Seymour Lake Township Park until the end of January.
The free drop-off point is at the southeast corner of the tennis court parking lot, across from the Kids Kingdom playground near the entrance to the park off Seymour Lake Road.
The old trees will be recycled through a wood-chipper. The mulch will be used at township parks. One use, for example, is to spread woodchips in circles around tree bases, which makes them easier to mow around and deters weed growth. The parks department typically collects 100-150 trees, which translates into about five yards of woodchips, according to park superintendent Jeff Kinasz.
Leftover Christmas trees have been recycled at Seymour Lake park since January 1991, when the Township Solid Waste Board’s Gardening and Composting Committee first organized it as a one-day event.
Trees must be clean, without any wires, ornaments, tinsel or plastic. Artificial trees cannot be accepted.

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