What to do with leftover Christmas trees

 

What to do with that prickly Christmas tree that’s shedding its needles? Turn it into gardening mulch.

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Miami Dade spots to recycle trees:

City of Miami residents:

Leave tree on the curb before Jan. 31 and the Solid Waste Department will pick it up to be mulched.

Miami-Dade County residents:

Includes unincorporated Miami-Dade, Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes and Sunny Isles Beach.

Take tree to one of the recycling centers:

North Dade - 21500 N.W. 47 Ave.

Norwood - 19901 N.W. 7 Ave.

Palm Springs North - 7870 N.W. 178 St.

Golden Glades - 140 N.W. 160 St.

West Little River - 1830 N.W. 79 St.

Snapper Creek - 2200 S.W. 117 Ave.

Sunset Kendall - 8000 S.W. 107 Ave

Chapman Field - 13600 S.W. 60 Ave.

Richmond Heights - 14050 Boggs Dr.

West Perrine - 16651 S.W. 107 Ave.

Eureka Drive - 9401 S.W. 184 St.

South Mia. Heights - 20800 S.W. 117 Ct.

Moody Drive - 12970 S.W. 268 St.

Or one of the Home Chemical Collection Centers:

West Dade - 8831 N.W. 58 Street

South Dade - 23707 S.W. 97 Ave., Gate B

Mulch will be available beginning in mid-January:

West Perrine - 16651 S.W. 107 Ave.

Eureka Drive - 9401 S.W. 184 St.

Moody Drive - 12970 S.W. 268 St.

Sunset Kendall - 8000 S.W. 107 Ave.

West Little River - 1830 N.W. 79 St.

North Dade - 21500 N.W. 47 Ave.

Or the Virginia Key Mulch Facility at 3851 Rickenbacker Causeway

For more information:

Call 3-1-1 or go to http://www.miamidade.gov/publicworks/library/flyers/christmas-tree-recycling-2012.pdf

Broward County spots to recycle trees:

C. B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 33028; 954-357-5170

Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309; 954-357-5190

Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198

Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326; 954-357-8868

Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317; 954-357-5135

Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33441; 954-357-5100

Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-791-1036

Snake Warrior's Island Natural Area, 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar 33023; 954-357-8776

Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073; 954-357-8870

Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie 33328; 954-357-5130

T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood 33021; 954-357-8811

Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie 33330; 954-357-8898

West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161

More information: http://www.broward.org/PARKS/THINGSTODO/Pages/Chip-a-TreeProgram.aspx


aedgerton@MiamiHerald.com

The presents have been opened and family pictures have been taken. Now it’s time to throw away the trees that filled South Florida living rooms with festive lights and the smell of Christmas.

Rather than putting the tree out with the trash, residents in some parts of Miami-Dade County have the option to turn their tree into mulch. Think of it as a seasonal circle of life. December’s holiday cheer will help nourish spring flowers of the new year.

“It’s good for the environment,” said Miami-Dade Public Works spokesperson Gayle Love. “This is really the best way to manage these trees.”

Residents in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and nine participating municipalities can take their trees to one of the 13 trash and recycling centers or two home chemical collection centers that are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The trees will be mulched in the middle of January, and the sweet-smelling mulch will be available for free on a first-come-first-serve basis. People must bring their own containers to pick up the mulch.

In Broward, residents may take their trees directly to a participating park where it will be mulched and used for park landscaping.

The “Chip-a-Tree” initiative received more than 9,000 trees last year, and this year will be accepting trees until Jan. 21. Hours vary, so call the park before taking the tree.

In Miami-Dade, more than a hundred trees had been brought to that one center in the past few days, said Miami-Dade spokesman Frank Calderon, speaking from the Eureka recycling center Wednesday. He said total numbers would be hard to predict, but people had been coming in with a tree “every few minutes.”

Trees destined for the mulcher must be free of lights, tinsel and ornaments, Calderon said.

In Miami-Dade County, trees that are chopped up and put in green waste carts or left on the curb will go to the Resource Recovery Facility in Doral to be converted into biomass fuel.

Residents in the City of Miami can leave their trees on the street, separate from regular trash, and the Solid Waste Department will pick them up until Jan. 31. These trees will also be recycled for mulch, which will be available for free at the Virginia Key Mulch Facility.

Even though Christmas is over, come mid-January, the smells of the season will come back, this time in South Florida gardens.

“It’s very fragrant when it’s mulched,” Love said. “It keeps the Christmas spirit alive.”

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