It’s the second day after Christmas and, for some, the evergreen decorations of holiday cheer are turning into a drab-brown, needle-dropping mess.
Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County will give residents the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule.
All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered "live" and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities.
After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch that will be available in February and March at county-operated Neighborhood Mulch Preserves at: the Montgomery County Recycling Center, 16105 Frederick Road in the Derwood/Rockville/Gaithersburg area; and at E.E. Halmos Park (use the Bodmer Avenue entrance) in Poolesville. The mulch is free but must be loaded and taken away by the user.
More information about Christmas tree recycling, the Neighborhood Mulch Preserves can be found on the county website.