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Dec 29, 2009 12:51 AM by Stacy Daniel

Tree recycling program

As people prepare to ring in the New Year, it's out with the old, as in that old Christmas tree that's starting to dry out and take up space.
So,this year, the city of Paso Robles is making it easy for residents to recycle by reusing old Christmas trees for mulch.
Central Coast resident, Steve McDonough says, " Recycling is where it's at."
He's excited the city has set up a free tree drop off and mulching service. All people have to do is strip the tree of all all decorations, like tinsel and lights and drop it off at the corner of 4th and Pine streets. From here, city officials will turn these formally festive trees into garden mulch, available for pick up on a first come first serve basis, starting Monday January 11th.
Residents say the service makes their holidays hassle free and the city of Paso Robles gets points for helping go green this Christmas.
Although it is a first come first serve basis you're still asked to make an appointment to claim a bag of recycled mulch. You can do so by calling 805-237-3873 or 805-237-3861
In Santa Barbara county, the city of Santa Maria is offering a curbside pick up service from January 4th through the 8th, in residential areas only.
The trees must be free of stands, tinsel, flocking and ornaments.
Most other areas allow residents to cut up their trees and place them in their green waste bin for disposal.

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