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City of San Diego's Christmas tree recycling program begins

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego's 39th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program began Wednesday and will continue through Jan. 23 at 16 locations.

Officials kicked off the program at Miramar Landfill Greenery, 5180 Convoy St. As residents dropped off Christmas trees, city officials had a wood chipper on hand to grind hundreds of stacked trees, demonstrating how mulch, compost and wood chips are produced.

Sponsored by the city's Environmental Services Department, the recycling program allows residents a free and convenient way, using curbside services for customers with yard-waste collection, to recycle trees after the holidays.

"The purpose is really to keep things out of the landfill," said Rene Kaprielian, city environmental specialist. "Christmas trees happen to be a valuable resource that can be reused to create products that can be used by people in their gardens, such as mulch and compost.

"We're taking something that people no longer need or want, and turning it into something positive and useful, while not using up valuable landfill space," said Kaprielian.

The program accepts natural and flocked (fake snow) trees stripped of all lights and decorations. Artificial trees are not accepted.

Those unable to cut their trees for manual collection, or unable to fit them in an automated container, may drop them off at one of 16 locations.

Drop-off locations in San Diego are at:

-- Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive;

-- Cielo Drive at Woodman Street in Encanto.

-- Golden Hill Rec Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive;

-- Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street in La Jolla/PB;

-- Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave. in Logan Heights.

-- Miramar Landfill Greenery, 5180 Convoy St.;

-- Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive in Gloria's Mesa parking lot in Oak Park.

-- SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway in Mission Bay;

-- Robb Athletic Field Rec Center in Ocean Beach, 2525 Bacon St.;

-- Montgomery Waller Community Park, 3020 Coronado Ave.;

-- Rancho Bernardo Rec Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive;

-- Canyonside Rec Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road;

-- SDSU in Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road;

-- Scripps Ranch Rec Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive;

-- De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Tierrasanta;

-- and Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive in University City.


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