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Don't trash that Christmas tree after the holidays --- recycle it.
All nine Allegheny County parks, including Round Hill Park in Elizabeth Twp., White Oak Park, South Park and Boyce Park, will accept old Christmas trees for recycling, beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through Jan. 16.
A spokeswoman said the trees --- natural ones only, no artificial trees --- must be free of tinsel, ornaments, lights, stands and all other decorations before they're dropped off.
The trees are mulched and used as part of the landscaping at county parks, she said.
Local drop-off locations include the parking lot by the Poplar 1 Shelter at White Oak Park; the parking lot between Meadow & Alfalfa shelters at Round Hill Park; the parking lot near the wave pool at Boyce Park; and the parking lot at the wave pool at South Park.
During the 2015-16 program, more than 2,300 trees were received and recycled, the spokeswoman said, with the largest number being dropped off at the North Park collection.
The recycling generated more than 125 yards of mulch for use in county parks.
(Photo in public domain; by Alan Levine via Flickr.com)
Originally published December 19, 2016.