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City, County Post Christmas Tree Recycling Instructions

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
December 29, 2017
Posted in: Announcements

It's only the fifth day of Christmas, but if your true love says your Christmas tree is losing its needles and becoming less than attractive, you may be looking for a place to recycle it already.

McKeesport and Allegheny County both have solutions.

City residents may drop off natural Christmas trees --- not artificial ones --- behind the Number 2 fire station in Renziehausen Park, said a spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Cherepko.

The trees must be stripped of any lights and decorations. The old trees are ground up for mulch and used in city parks and playgrounds, the spokeswoman said.

Allegheny County's Christmas Tree Recycling Program began on Tuesday and continues through Jan. 16 at all nine county parks during regular hours of operation.

A spokeswoman said county residents can drop off trees --- stripped of lights, decorations, tinsel and stands --- between dawn and dusk. The trees are mulched for use in county parks, she said.

In 2016-17, more than 2,000 old Christmas trees were received and recycled, she said.

Drop-off locations in the Mon-Yough area include:

  • White Oak Park: Parking lot at the Chestnut Shelter
  • Round Hill Park, Elizabeth Twp.: Parking lot at the Alfalfa Shelter
  • Boyce Park, Plum: Parking lot by the soccer fields
  • South Park: Parking lot at the wave pool

White Oak borough does not have a separate recycling program, a spokesman said; residents should take advantage of the county program at White Oak Park.

Richard Ellis photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Originally published December 29, 2017.

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