Recycle trees for Christmas

Recycle trees for Christmas

By By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Give a gift to the environment this Christmas through the 2001 Christmas Recycling Program.

Christmas trees can be dropped off 24 hours a day at one of 13 locations between Jan. 1 and 15. Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, which runs a recycling center on Saturdays at 6602 N. Second in Roscoe that accepts standard household items, will recycle the trees.

When the program began 13 years ago, the number of trees dropped off was between 4,000 and 5,000. That number grew to 30,000 last year.

The average six-foot Christmas tree weighs 50 pounds. With the 30,000 trees last year, local recyclers saved the Pagel Pit landfill from accruing 1.5 million pounds, according to Lori Gummow, the organization’s executive director.

Anita Whedon said the trees serve no purpose in a landfill when they can be biodegrading naturally.

When choosing the recycling alternative, volunteer coordinator Whedon emphasized that people must remove ornaments and tree stands. “It’s a problem,” Whedon said. “I think it does happen pretty frequently. It causes big trouble with the chipper. They’re taking care of someone else’s responsibility.”

The machines will produce plenty of mulch, which will be given out for free. In Rockford, mulching will be provided by the city’s street crews. At non-city sites, Perron Company Tree Service & Hauling will chip the trees.

Mulch will be available at the sites, starting Jan. 15. Mulch is generally given out until the beginning of March, depending on availability. Times will vary when people will be on site to give away mulch.

The locations are as follows:

• Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, Riverdahl Park

• Blackhawk Park, 100 15th Ave., in the parking lot south of second baseball diamond

• Levings Park, at the east entrance off South Johnston Avenue, in the parking lot next to tennis courts

• Andrews Park, 800 N. Central Ave., in the parking lot off Sherman Avenue

• Martin Park, off Riverside Boulevard in the northwest parking area

• Gambino Park, on River Lane off North Alpine Road, in the parking lot by soccer fields

• Alpine Park, 900 S. Alpine, in parking lot by tennis courts

• Westlake Village, at the north end of the Westlake, Saunders and McMahon

• Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Rd., behind village hall

• Valley View Farm, 6440 Belvidere Rd., Roscoe

• Rockton Boat Ramp, in parking lot off Hononegah Rd., Rockton

• Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Rd., west of Rockton

• Baumann Park, behind maintenance building on South Walnut, Cherry Valley

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