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City Urges Chicagoans To Recycle Christmas Trees

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City officials are urging Chicagoans to lay the sagging branches of their Christmas trees to rest.

This Saturday, at 23 citywide venues, Christmas trees can be traded in for a bag of mulch, a years’ worth of blue recycling bags and a Colorado blue spruce seedling.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Mike Picardi says the program keeps excess waste out of fast-filling landfills.

“You know, one Christmas tree takes up about as much space as a washing machine...and it’s just taking up extra space in the landfill that we don’t have,” he says.

The recycled trees will be ground up for mulch in a woodchipper.

Last year, Chicagoans turned in about twelve-thousand trees.

Picardi says those without Christmas trees can still participate by bringing in a bag of clean recyclables as a substitute.

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