Christmas Trees Live on Through Miami-Dade, Broward Recycling Programs

The evergreens are converted into mulch or biomass fuel

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Thursday, Jan 3, 2013  |  Updated 3:39 PM EDT
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Trees can be dropped off at one of Miami-Dade County's 15 recycling sites. They're then turned into mulch, which is made available for free at six sites, including the Eureka Drive recycling center in Palmetto Bay. Alex Sawchenco, Brian Maycock, John Beisenherz, and Frank Calderon of Miami-Dade Public Works spoke about recycling Christmas trees.

Trees can be dropped off at one of Miami-Dade County's 15 recycling sites. They're then turned into mulch, which is made available for free at six sites, including the Eureka Drive recycling center in Palmetto Bay. Alex Sawchenco, Brian Maycock, John Beisenherz, and Frank Calderon of Miami-Dade Public Works spoke about recycling Christmas trees.

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The Christmas spirit can live on, and so can your tree – in a different form.

Trees can be dropped off at one of Miami-Dade County's 15 recycling sites.

So what happens to your Christmas tree after you leave it there?

“I think they make paper products out of them,” guessed Alex Sawchenco.

Brian Maycock, who also went to the recycling center on Eureka Drive in Palmetto Bay, got it right. He said the trees are turned into mulch.

People are then able to pick up the mulch for free at the Eureka Drive recycling center and five other sites in Miami-Dade.

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Residents can also place their trees curbside for pickup by Monday, Jan. 7.

“If you put it curbside it's not going to be converted into mulch,” said Frank Calderon of Miami-Dade Public Works. “It is taken to our resources recovery facility where it will be converted into biomass fuel. So it will be used, it's just not going to be mulch.”

Broward County has a Chip-a-Tree program. The mulch produced is used for park landscaping. Trees can be dropped off at 14 parks, and you won't be charged a gate entrance fee.

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Wherever you recycle your tree, make sure you remove the stand, tinsel, ornaments and lights.

Click here for more information on tree recycling in Miami-Dade, and click here for details on Broward's program.

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