If you have a live tree and plan to take it down this week, don't forget you can recycle it starting now in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
There are numerous drop-off locations. Be sure to take off all lights, stands and decorations.
The trees will be hauled away to be ground into mulch instead of going to a landfill.
In Mobile, you can drop off your tree through Jan. 14 at the following locations: Lake Drive Tricentennial Park, Springhill Recreation Center, Baumhauer Park, Dog River Park, Public Safety Memorial Park, Medal of Honor Park and Langan Park.
Each drop-off site will be clearly designated with signage.
“I encourage everyone to recycle their tree this season,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “Together, we can enhance our parks, help the environment and transform our community. In the past, the city has simply not devoted enough resources or attention to recycling, but that is no longer the case. Our ultimate goal is to create a more robust recycling program while eliminating litter throughout our city.”
The single stream recycling locations will also be open during the holidays every day except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for all of those leftover gift boxes. The locations are near the Mobile Museum of Art in the parking lot of the City's Western Administrative Complex and behind Police Headquarters off Pinehill Drive. The hours of operation are from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday through Sunday.
Accepted recyclable material include glass, newspaper and inserts, cardboard, magazines and catalogs, junk mail and envelopes, paper bags and phone books, colored papers, aluminum cans and lids, tin/steel cans and lids, metal pots and pans, pet food cans, plastic produce clamshells, plastic milk jugs, cereal boxes, foil baking pans, cardboard egg cartons, dry pet food bags, pizza boxes, tin foil, plastic bottles and plastics no. 1-7. All recyclable material can be placed in one container at each location and sorting of recyclable material will no longer be required.
Baldwin County Christmas tree drop-off locations:
Bay Minette Transfer Station42901 Nicholsville Road in Bay MinetteSpanish Fort Volunteer Fire Department7580 Spanish Fort Blvd. in Spanish FortMacBride Landfill14200 County Road 64 in LoxleyBaldwin County Central Annex22251 Palmer St. in Robertsdale Fairhope Satellite Courthouse1100 Fairhope Ave. in FairhopeMagnolia Landfill15140 County Road 49 in Summerdale Foley Satellite Courthouse201 E. Section Ave. in Foley Perdido Beach VFD8450 Escambia Ave. in Perdido Beach
And, the town of Dauphin Island is also recycling Christmas trees.
Live trees can be dropped off at designated locations on Bienville Boulevard West through Jan. 5.
Residents and property owners can use the trees for dune and habitat renewal.
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