If you haven't trashed your Christmas tree yet, it's about that time, and in Charlottesville and Albemarle your recycled greenery will get new life. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Christmas tree recycling program is now well underway, but county officials say they expect many more trees to come in before the program is over.
Christmas trees are being collected, chipped up, and turned into mulch that will the be offered to the public for free. So far about 700 trees have been chipped in the three days crews have been working. The chipping crew starts early in the morning and goes to several different collection spots to cut up the trees.
Last year the city and county gathered almost 5,000 Christmas trees and turned them into 200 cubic yards of mulch.
"A lot of people love putting this mulch around their house, around their plants, and stuff like that. If not, these trees would just go to the landfill and just sit there until they decompose, and this is just turning that around and making another use out of them," said David Dollins, the northern district parks foreman for Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
The recycling program goes until January 16. The mulch will then be available at Darden Towe Park starting February 1.
The seven drop off sites are: Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road, Darden Towe Park, Crozet Park, Greenwood Community Center, the Chris Greene Lake Park, Darden Towe Park, the Scottsville Community Center, and Walnut Creek Park.
There will also be a curbside pickup available for city residents starting on January 14.