We all love decorating Christmas trees, but once the holiday season is over taking it down can be a hassle. It's heavy, it sheds all those needles, and where do you put it? Before you dump your tree on the side of the road or in your neighbor's yard, there's a better way.
On Wednesday, Charlottesville and Albemarle County's Christmas tree recycling program will begin. Old Christmas trees will be collected, chopped up, and turned into mulch that's then offered to the public for free.
The seven drop off sites are: the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road, Darden Towe Park, Crozet Park, the Greenwood Community Center, Chris Greene Lake Park, Darden Towe Park, the Scottsville Community Center, and Walnut Creek Park.
Last year the city and county gathered almost 5,000 Christmas trees and turned it into 200 cubic yards of mulch.
"It saves space in the landfill, it gives free mulch back to the community so it's very much a win-win kind of program," said Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin.
There will also be a curbside pickup available for Charlottesville residents starting on January 14. The city will pick up any trees placed on the curb by 7 a.m.
The Christmas tree recycling program starts Wednesday and goes until January 16. The mulch will then be available at Darden Towe Park starting February 1.