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Multiple locations offer free Christmas tree recycling

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While some people still have wrapping paper lying around from Wednesday's Christmas activities, others have put the holiday in the rear-view mirror.

"It’s our tradition to get up early and just start cleaning up— getting our lives back in order and looking forward to the New Year," Damon Mullins said.

Mullins is not alone. Not even eleven hours into the day and already the recycling bin outside the Humboldt Waste Management Authority transfer station was full of Christmas trees.

"We empty that dumpster probably six to eight times a day," Programs Manager Brent Whitener said.

The transfer station is just one of the many locations that people can drop off their unwanted tree for free. Trinidad, Blue Lake, McKinleyville, Arcata, Ferndale, Fortuna and Rio Dell also have drop off locations.

"In any case, we make sure that they go to a good end use— composting or fuels blend for the boilers around here," Whitener said.

Which is why people like Mullins take advantage of the service.

“Recycling here at the city garbage facility,” Mullins said. “They do it here for free."

All that is asked is that decorations are removed from the tree.

"It really isn't good to burn tinsel and ornaments,” Whitener said. “We also don't want to see the artificial snow flocking on the tree. We want to see a natural tree."

And for those who want to keep it up just a little longer and recycle it at a later date, that’s fine too.

"We find that there are those who like to keep their tree up past the New Year and on into a week or two into January,” Whitener said. “The services are still available to them as well."