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‘Tis the season to recycle that aging Christmas tree

John HartWorkers from the Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation put a Christmas tree in the recycle bin at the Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City Friday. Pictured left to right are Christina Hanson and Dana Kent, recycling technicians, and Tracey Harper, the recycling coordinator.
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Wondering what to do when “O, Christmas Tree” inevitably morphs into “old Christmas tree?”

Nevada County’s recycling officials hope that between now and Jan. 11, people will drop off their Christmas trees for recycling at Nevada County’s Rood Administrative Center or curbside in Grass Valley.

Also, one-day tree recycling will be available on Jan. 11 at locations in Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines.

The trees will be trucked to the Rio Bravo biomass co-generation plant in Lincoln.

“The trees are incinerated and make electricity,” explained Tracey Harper, county recycling coordinator.

Or they’ll be used in compost piles at the county’s McCourtney Road transfer station.

County officials soon will set up composting piles there for thousands of tons of yard waste it collects annually, including Christmas trees.

The plan is to make mulch that will be applied in hydraulically mined areas of the Tahoe National Forest, which are still relatively barren decades after miners washed hillsides away to find gold.

“Application of this material will help prevent erosion, help the trees grow and reduce sediment … running into streams and rivers,” Harper said.

County employees don’t have to worry about how to get rid of the dozen, or so, live Christmas trees they all pitched in to buy this Christmas with their own money.

The trees will be planted on the Rood Center’s grounds.

“They thought it would be great to see more trees on the … grounds,” said recycling technician Daria Kent.

What’s more, the Rood Center’s trees are decorated with recycled content ornaments.

County employees had a friendly competition to see who could make the best ornament.

The winner was Star Carroll-Smith who created a “fast food angel and dove.” Other entrants were “water bottle angel,” “styro shell,” “beer can robot,” and “paper-toweled angel.”

You can drop off Christmas trees (up to 18 feet high, minus ornaments, flocking and tinsel) for recycling at the following locations from now until Jan. 11:

? Dumpsters at the back driveway of the Rood Administrative Center.

? Grass Valley curbside pickup.

One-day tree recycling on January 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. is at the following locations:

? Alta Sierra fire station on Tammy Way.

? Lake Wildwood wastewater treatment plant.

? Lake of the Pines wastewater treatment plant.

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