On Your Side: Christmas Tree-Cycling

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, January 1, 2008

The gifts are unwrapped, the decorations put away and now it's time for you to figure out what to do with your Christmas tree.

12 On Your Side has a few ways you can get rid of your tree and help the environment at the same time.

The Christmas tree and the Christmas lights, those are usually the last two things to come down after the holiday. The lights you probably keep, but what about that tree?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. What do I do with thee now that I don't need you in the house anymore because the holiday is over and I'm tired of you dropping needles all over my floor? It's a question that many husbands are asking this time of year.

"My wife says I have to get everything out before noon."

Warren Jones said while throwing out his tree.

Here are a few choices. You can always call your trash collector to pick it up. If that's not environmentally friendly enough for you, you can recycle it. In Aiken, you can drop off your tree at several places like Citizens Park where it will be made into mulch.

You can also help get your tree into the sea, well actually a lake. If you drop you tree off at Riverside Middle School in Evans. It will go to a place you might not expect, a nearby lake where it will be used to attract fish.

Thurmond Lake to more exact and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will drop the trees in to make a better habitat for fish there.

It's a little different, but it's something that Michael Jones likes the sound of.

I found out about this, thought it was a good idea for the lake, so I brought it out here." Michael Jones said while dropping off his tree at Riverside.

If you can't make to Evans, let's go through a few of your options.

You have 4 options in Aiken to drop your tree off at, those include Citizens Park, the O'Dell Weeks Activities Center, Smith-Hazel Center and Perry Park, all of them until January 10th.

In Augusta, you can take your tree to the Home Depot on Bobby Jones on January 12 to have it made into mulch.

Or again, you can go to Riverside Elementary School in Evans where you tree will be taken to Thurmond Lake.

What you decide to do, remember these options are also something that rhymes with tree, free, certainly a magical post-Christmas word.

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