OCRRA turns old conifers into mulch at compost sites

There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Onondaga County is home to many.

Most area municipalities, including the City of Syracuse, have a pick-up or drop-off program for Christmas trees. Residents should contact their local municipality for specific information on their program.

Although OCRRA doesn’t accept trees in the blue bin, both the Amboy and Jamesville Compost Sites are open select hours, Jan. 3 through 14, for tree drop-off.

“Residents that drop their trees off at the OCRRA Compost Sites are closing the loop,” OCRRA recycling operations manager Greg Gelewski. Next spring the trees will be ground into mulch that OCRRA Compost Site users may haul away for landscaping use.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Both sites are closed Sunday.

There is no charge to use either of the OCRRA Compost Sites during January. Simply stop by during designated hours and make sure to remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and tree stands. Wreaths are not accepted in this program as they contain wire or foam backing that cannot be processed at the OCRRA Compost Sites.

Learn more about OCCRA's Christmas tree recycling program online.

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