Tupelo to turn trees into mulch

From Daily Journal reports

TUPELO – When does a Christmas tree look like a pile of compost or mulch? Soon.

Starting Thursday, the city of Tupelo will help residents dispose of Christmas trees and grind them into natural cover for flower beds and gardens.

Trees should be taken to one of four sites: North Front Street at the city's mulch-compost site; Veterans Park ball field across from Reese Street on the west side of Veterans Boulevard; Hancock Park parking lot off Monument Drive; and the Ballard Park parking lot on the east side off Rutherford Road.

All stands, lights and ornaments must be removed from the trees before disposal, city officials said.

“We encourage residents to participate in the recycling program and not send your tree to the landfill,” said Jean Mooneyhan. who also reminded residents that free mulch and compost are offered year-round by the city at the Front Street location.

From Dec. 29 through Jan. 7, the city will pick up undecorated Christmas trees curbside for the program.

No pickup is set for Jan. 1-2.

After Jan. 7, Waste Management will pick up Christmas trees on regularly scheduled days.

To learn more about the program, contact Mooneyhan at 841-6553.