Ask Eartha Steward: Where should I recycle our Christmas tree?
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Now the holidays are winding down and the clean-up starts, you might wonder what to do with the tree that has decorated your home for the last month. Fortunately recycling your tree in Summit County is pretty easy, a lot easier than returning the fruitcake, tie, and maybe even the underwear someone gave you.
First, it’s good to know the rules of dropping off your trees. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, and tinsel. I like tinsel as much as the next person, but not for chipping or composting the trees. So, please make sure the trees are as natural as when they were standing in the forest when you drop them off at the various sites.
There are five spots to drop-off trees this year. In Breckenridge the drop-off is the same location as last year. It is on Wellington Road, near the stables, at a lot called the Stillson Lot. It was open to the public Dec. 17, 2007 and will remain open during daylight hours until Jan. 31, 2008.
The drop-off in Dillon is in the Town Hall Parking lot, right in the heart of Dillon. They accept trees until Jan. 31, 2008. If you need help finding the town hall lot, just drive down Lake Dillon Drive and look to your left, you can’t miss it! And if you do, call the High Country Conservation Center’s office at (970) 668-5703 for help.
The Frisco drop-off is the same location as last year, too. The lot is located at Highway 9 (Summit Boulevard) and Main Street next to the Marina. They will began accepting trees on Wednesday and will cntinue through Jan. 31, 2008. The Town of Frisco also hosts a very fun, local event called Spontaneous Combustion, and utilizes some of the trees for much needed heat on a chilly winter night. Spontaneous Combustion is on Feb. 2, 2008, from 6-9 p.m. at the Frisco Nordic Center/Frisco Bay Marina. It’s a very fun community bonfire and must-see if you live in Summit, or just happen to be visiting.
The fourth drop-off site is in Silverthorne at the Water Treatment Plant, also known as the Joint Sewer Authority, that is located at 26452 N. Highway 9. It is north of Silverthorne, and, again, call the HCCC office if you need directions. The lot is also open through Jan. 31, 2008, plenty of time to drop-off your tree.
Also on that side of the county is the drop-off sites at the Summit Country Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) at the landfill near Keystone, during normal operating hours. The hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Make sure to cover your load when taking items to SCRAP. SCRAP will accept the trees for drop-off through Jan. 31, 2008.
The trees that are accepted at the drop-off sites, as I mentioned before, should have all of the decorations and such removed. It makes it much easier to use for their end-uses, such as chipping and composting. It’s a nice service offered by the towns and county to make a hectic holiday season a little calmer and easier.
Also, don’t forget to checkout the favorite local event called Spontaneous Combustion. It is offered along with other events of Frisco’s Gold Rush weekend which is the first weekend in February.
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