recycling trees

Recycling sites set

for Christmas trees

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

Tupelo has established three drop-off points for people who want to recycle their Christmas trees this year.

Trees left at curbside will no longer go into the recycling program, which turns the Christmas greenery into fish havens in area ponds and lakes or into mulch to aid the growth of other vegetation, city environmental manager Boyd Yarbrough said.

Drop-off points will be on Veterans Boulevard at the Reese Street ball fields; the city’s compost lot on Front Street across from the Jackson Street intersection, and at the west entrance parking lot of Ballard Park on West Main Street.

Yarbrough said some of the trees will be used to provide habitat for fish in area waters, both in public lakes and in private ponds for owners who want to take some of the trees. The remainder will be ground up for composting.

In fact, good mulch is ready and available at the compost lot on Front Street. People would be able to drop off their Christmas tree and obtain the mulch for their plants in the same visit, Yarbrough noted.

“We will begin monitoring the sites (today)” for trees, Yarbrough said. The drop-off program will run through Jan. 5, he said.

“We’re just doing it for the folks that want to recycle their trees this year,” Yarbrough said.

Trees left at curbside will be picked up by the city’s residential solid waste contractor and hauled to the landfill, he said.