Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas Trees Coming Full Circle

The Christmas trees that sprouted at Archer and Oak Park (and other vacant lots) back in November are coming full circle to the recycling pile at Wentworth Park.

If you have not yet disposed of your real Christmas tree and want to keep it out of the garbage (and away from a landfill), you have until January 18 to drop it off at Wentworth Park or 22 other locations across the city, according to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, which will grind the trees into mulch and make it available to the public.

According to Streets and Sanitation officials, since the Christmas tree recycling program began 24 years ago, more than 157,700 trees have been kept out of landfills. More than 14,300 trees were recycled last year alone.

Original Southwest Chicago Post story from November

For many years, one of the surest signs of the holiday season has been the annual re-appearance of the Christmas tree lot just east of Archer and Oak Park.

The trees arrived about a week ago---wrapped in netting and carefully laid out in a row.

Then around Thanksgiving, a crew came out to unwrap the trees, trim the trunks and set them up on display---ready for sale.

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