Area high school Future Farmers of America groups will be donating their time on Saturday, January 9 to collect Christmas trees. The trees will be picked up at the curb and taken to a local chipping site where they will be turned into mulch. Trees must be at the curb by 8 a.m. on January 9, with all their decorations and stands removed, to be picked up.
The FFA groups that will be taking part this year are: Byron High School FFA, Oregon High School FFA, Polo High School FFA, and the Forreston High School FFA. The students will be covering areas including Byron, the cities of Oregon and Polo, and the villages of Mt. Morris, Forreston, Baileyville, German Valley, and Adeline. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags. Wreaths and garland cannot be chipped and will not be picked up.
By chipping the trees into mulch space is not taken up in landfills and the air is not polluted by burning. The mulch will be available at no charge for residents to use for landscaping needs. Residents should bring a shovel and container to take home free mulch when available at the drop-off sites.
“This is a great opportunity for these students to help with a program that benefits local residents by making it convenient to recycle their Christmas trees,” said Solid Waste Department Director, Steve Rypkema. “At the same time, they can earn community service hours and help the environment. We appreciate their help”.
For further information call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020.