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Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced

Trees will be recycled into free mulch for the public
It’s almost that time of year again!  As in the past, the Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning December 26, 2012 through January 16, 2013. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost.  This program has been in operation since 1988 and recycles over 2400 trees each year, which in turn yields over 114 cubic yards of mulch. Not only does this recycling program provide citizens a place to dispose of a potentially large and cumbersome item, it also reduces the impact on our landfill. 

By combining forces with the Charlottesville Curb Side Pick-Up Program, the two programs collected over 4900 trees last year, yielding approximately 236 cubic yards of mulch.  According to the City Public Works Department, curbside pick up for City residents will be the week of January 14, 2013.  Trees must be at the curbside by 7am.  Shortly after the City’s curbside pick up, the County and City Parks & Recreation crews will team up to chip the trees at Darden Towe Park.

As a reminder, this program is for Christmas trees only, please no yard waste.  Both the County & City programs require that all decorations, stands and nails be removed from the Christmas trees.  Free mulch will be available to citizens starting February 1, 2013, at Darden Towe Park.

The County will operate seven sites daily, 7am until dark.  The sites are as follows:

  • Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road (Note: Sunday hours are 12:30 to 5:30 pm) *this location may be congested, please consider Darden Towe Park as an alternate location that is less congested and is better suited for large loads and contract haulers
  • 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

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