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News Release
Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Tree, ‘O Christmas Tree How Easy to Recycle Are Thee!
Galvestonians Divert 1,000 Trees from the Landfall Annually 

Galveston, Texas – Christmas trees can be more than just a symbol of celebration during the holidays this year.  Turned into mulch, trees can provide benefits year-round. Galveston Partners in Composting—UTMB, the City of Galveston, and Moody Gardens — encourages everyone to go green this holiday season by recycling your Christmas tree.  

Galveston’s Christmas Tree Recycling Drive runs through January 14.  All live evergreen trees, including flocked trees, will be accepted.  Wood stands will also be accepted.  To ready your tree for recycling, please remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, and plastic or metal stands; wood stands are permitted.

“We would like to double, or even triple, the number we receive annually,” said Ken Steblein, UTMB recycling coordinator. “The mulch we make from the recycled trees will be used in Galveston’s landscape during spring planting, but we could use a lot more.”

Galveston Christmas Tree Recycling Program Drop Off Sites:

▪         UTMB: December 23 – January 14

Please drop off trees at the open-top dumpster at the base of the water tower on the corner of Port Holiday Drive & Harborside Drive.

▪         City Recycling Center: Now – January 14

Please drop off trees at the City Recycling Center, 702 61st Street. The facility will be closed December 24, 25, and 31, and January 1.

City Tree Collection Schedule:

▪         Friday, January 7: City crews will collect trees 61st Street East to 1st Street.  Please place trees by your garbage cart by 7:30 AM that morning.

▪         Friday, January 14: City crews will collect trees 61st Street West to Point San Luis.  Please place trees by your garbage cart by 7:30 AM that morning.

Questions?  For more information about UTMB’s program please call Ken Steblein, (409) 747-2959.  To discuss the City’s Recycling Center please call Gene Williamson, (409) 741-4639.  Inquiries about curbside tree collection should be directed to Kevin Matthews, (409) 741-2215.

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