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Christmas tree recycling begins

December 29, 2001

Laura Sturza

BURBANK -- As residents start putting holiday decorations back into

their boxes, their Christmas trees can go out to the curb for recycling.

"It's good for the environment and for the safety of the home,"

Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said.

As trees dry out, they can become a hazard if left in the house, Starr

said.

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"When the tree is dried out, [residents] should not use the lights any

longer and should take it out of the house," Starr said.

Burbank sanitation trucks will collect trees from the parkway, curb,

or alley where a resident's refuse is normally collected on the regular

pickup day starting Wednesday.

To prepare trees for recycling, people should remove tinsel and

ornaments, dismantling the tree from stands and buckets. Trees that have

been flocked cannot be composted. The city asks residents with green

waste containers to cut their clean trees to fit into the container.

For people who wish to dispose of their trees before Wednesday, two

drop-off sites are available today through Jan. 19.

Last year, more than 80 tons of Burbank Christmas trees were composted

through the city's recycling program. The trees have excellent moisture

retention, making for good compost and mulch, officials said.

For more information, call 238-3800 or 238-3916.

HOW TO RECYCLE

CURBSIDE PICKUP: Jan. 2 to Jan. 15

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: Today through Jan. 19

Brace Canyon Park, the parking lot off of 2850 Haven Way Verdugo

Park, south side, 3201 West Verdugo Ave.

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