Area sites prepare for Christmas tree disposal

As the new year approaches and holiday decorations come down, area residents will begin the annual tradition of recycling Christmas trees.

For the occasion, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick and Clarke counties have set up locations and rules for tree disposal.

At all sites, only bare trees will be accepted, since trees will be mulched.

“All ornaments and tinsel should be removed,” said Warren County Solid Waste Manager Michael Berry.

For Warren County, Berry said that trees are accepted at the Warren County Transfer Station in Bentonville at any time during normal operating hours of 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except on Wednesdays when they are closed.

The town of Front Royal will also collect trees on Wednesdays Jan. 13 and 20. Trees are to be placed on the curb for pickup. Artificial trees and live trees with root balls will not be accepted.

Director of Solid Waste Management, Patrick Felling, said for Shenandoah County, collection bins will be available at the Fisher’s Hill and Rude’s Hill citizen convenience sites from Jan. 1 to 10. The landfill in Edinburg will also accept trees at the brush pile.

The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and the convenience sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The sites are closed on Thursdays.

Frederick and Clarke residents can begin disposing of their trees now at the nearest convenience center, except for the Greenwood site, which will not be accepting trees. Greenwood community residents can take their trees to the landfill’s convenience center.

For hours and locations of the convenience sites, visit the Frederick County Landfill and Solid Waste website at http://www.co.frederick.va.us/departments/o-z/public-works/landfill-and-solid-waste/citizens-convenience-centers.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com