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Tree refuse available

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Not ready to wrap up Christmas?

Thanks to the South Tahoe Refuse Company, there’s another verse to “O Tannenbaum.”

Starting Monday, Douglas and El Dorado county residents can put their Christmas trees out to be picked up on their regular trash collection day for the trees to be chipped and made into mulch for groundcover, landscaping and erosion control projects in the Tahoe Basin.



Douglas County residents can also drop their trees off at Kahle Community Park.

The tree recycling program, sponsored by the city of South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado and Douglas counties, will run through Jan. 15.



Jeanne Lear, recycling coordinator, advises people to strip their trees of all decorations and stands and cut them into strips 6 feet or smaller before kicking them to the curb.

Lear said the program recycles close to 4,000 trees every year, and chipped 21,411 yule trees between 1991 and 1998.


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