Dried up Christmas trees recycled


by KREM.com


Posted on December 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 27 at 4:30 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Neighbors have a few environmentally friendly options to discard their dried up Christmas trees.

Spokane Trash Service will pick up trees placed alongside garbage bins on regularly schedule pick up days.

The city will accept trees up to 6 feet in height but if they are taller, they must be cut in half.

Those trees will be chipped up and composted.

All Spokane city and county residents can also take their trees to the Waste to Energy Facility on Geiger.

The transfer stations in Spokane Valley and in North Spokane are also accepting trees.

There is a minimum $5 recycling fee for all trees taken into any of those facilities.

Ferris High School students are doing their annual tree recycling fundraiser where people can pay them to do the dirty work.

For $5, people can drop off the tree in the front lawn of the school and the volunteers will recycle it.

“We will chip and shred the trees into basically sawdust, then they haul it away and sell the fiber to other companies,” said Ferris High School parent Steve Barber. 

All the proceeds go to the senior all-night party after graduation.

Volunteers will collect the trees the first and second weekends in January or people can arrange to have it picked up.

Someone will come to your home and haul it away for you for $12.

People are asked to call 999-5186 to set up a pick-up time.