The gifts are opened, the wrapping paper has been recycled, and the tree is dropping needles like crazy. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to recycle your live Christmas tree.
“Recycling your live Christmas tree pays off in three ways,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Keeping it out of the landfill saves precious landfill space, recycling your tree is cheaper for your town than disposing of it as trash, and ACUA recycles live trees into mulch,” Dovey noted.
ACUA estimates that in 2014, approximately 400 tons or 800,000 pounds of trees were collected as yard waste and recycled.Please follow these guidelines when recycling your tree:
ACUA will collect live Christmas trees with regular yard waste collections in the following towns:
- Trees should be free of lights and decorations, including tinsel
- Trees do not have to be bagged
- Flocked trees are acceptable for collection and composting
- Buena Borough
- Buena Vista Township (Select areas)
- Egg Harbor City
- Hamilton Township
- Weymouth Township (Select areas)
If ACUA does not pick up yard waste in your area, please contact your town's Public Works Department.
Trees can also be brought to ACUA for disposal. Check www.acua.com for hours of operation.Please follow the same guidelines as for curbside collection, removing tinsel, lights and decorations. Trees do not need to be bagged and flocked trees are accepted for composting.