Ogle County residents encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees

From the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

OREGON, Illinois — The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department encourages Ogle County residents to recycle their live Christmas trees once this holiday season has passed.

Christmas trees can be dropped off through Jan. 18 at the following locations:

• Byron — Sunshine Park, Illinois Route 2 and South Peru Street;

• Forreston — 407 N. Locust St.;

• Leaf River — 208 W. Railroad St. by the Sewage Treatment Plant;

• Monroe Center — 309 Pacific St. (Lichty’s Landscaping);

• Oregon — 507 Hill St. at Oregon Park District maintenance yard;

• Polo — 410 N. Prairie Ave., west of storage building; and

• Rochelle — Atwood Park, 10th Avenue and 20th Street, behind the band shell.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, local high school Future Farmers of America (FFA) groups will provide a special tree pickup service in the following towns: Village of Mt. Morris; City of Oregon; Byron area; City of Polo; City of Forreston; Village of Adeline; Baileyville; and German Valley.

Trees must be at the curb by 8 a.m., Jan. 10, to ensure pick-up. Remove all lights and decorations from trees, and do not place trees in bags.

The City of Rochelle will once again chip trees at the curb for Rochelle residents from Jan. 2 through Jan. 18. Place trees in parkway along the street only. Trees left in the alley will not be chipped and will be treated as waste rather than recycled.

Any trees left at the curb after Jan. 18, 2015, will be picked up by the waste hauling company and taken to a landfill, where they will be disposed of as waste.

To enable the trees to be recycled, the trees must be totally undecorated. All tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails, plastic bags and tree stands must be removed. Items left on the tree may damage the chippers. Wreaths, garland and flocked trees cannot be chipped.

Pine mulch is excellent for acid-loving plants such as irises, tiger lilies, lilacs, azaleas, roses, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, evergreen, blue berries, raspberries, pin oaks, grapes and dogwood. Pine mulch helps conserve moisture, keeps weeds from growing and can be used for walk ways. When Christmas trees are chipped and used for mulch, landfill space is conserved, and burning them is avoided, thereby reducing pollution. Residents may bring a shovel and container and take home free mulch when available at the drop-off sites.

The Ogle County Christmas Tree Recycling Program is sponsored by the Byron Forest Preserve District, Byron High School FFA, City of Byron, Oregon Park District, Oregon High School FFA, Village of Forreston, Forreston High School FFA, Village of Leaf River, Flagg-Rochelle Park District, City of Rochelle, Tom Lichty’s Landscaping Service, Polo High School FFA, Morgan’s Tree Service, and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department. The Monroe Center, Forreston and Leaf River chipping sites have been made possible with grants from the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department.

For more information, call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at (815) 732-4020 or visit www.oglecounty.org.

From the Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015, issue

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