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Recycling that Christmas tree

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and area partners have kicked off the annual Treecycling program, encouraging residents to recycle their fresh-cut holiday trees. This free program offers multiple locations available 24-hours a day.

"Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota," said Karen Anderson, WLSSD's director of community relations. "These materials contain valuable resources that can be reclaimed through Treecycling. Collected trees will be beneficially reused as fuel, to line paths, mulch garden beds or for other purposes, while recovering resources and saving landfill space."

Those recycling fresh-cut trees are reminded to remove all ornaments and tree stands before bringing trees to a Treecycling location. Wreaths, garland and other decorations made from evergreen branches are not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash.

This year's Treecycling program offers a variety of convenient tree recycling sites, all open for extended periods of time. The extended timeline and additional locations will help area residents to properly dispose of their fresh-cut holiday trees during times most convenient to them.

Six sites are open for tree drop-off through Jan. 10:

• Chester Bowl parking lot by playground

• Lester Park parking lot by playground

• Duluth Heights Community Club, parking lot across the street

• Woodland Community Club, lower parking lot off Woodland Avenue

• Rose Garden parking lot

• City of Duluth West Toolhouse on Commonwealth Avenue

Four additional sites are open through Jan. 31:

• Demo-licious in western Duluth

• VEIT/VONCO V Landfill in the Gary neighborhood

• WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site off 27th Avenue West

• WLSSD Materials Recovery Center off Rice Lake Road

A single one-day event will still occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 in Superior in the north parking lot of the Superior Target store. More details are available at