Edmond will turn Christmas trees to mulch

Discarded Christmas trees can be dropped off at two Edmond parks. City officials will turn unwanted trees into mulch.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

— Ready to get rid of that once-beautiful Christmas tree that now is shedding its needles?

Edmond city officials are collecting Christmas trees at E.C. Hafer Park and J.L. Mitch Park, and will turn the dying trees into mulch that will be given away.

Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 11 at the upper-level parking lot at Hafer Park, 1034 S Bryant Ave., or at the north parking lot next to Marilyn Williams Drive in Mitch Park, 1501 W Covell Road.

Wesley Dedmon, solid waste supervisor, said 1,500 trees were collected by the city last year.

The program started about 15 years ago.

All tree stands, nails and ornaments must be removed from the Christmas trees.

To schedule a pickup

City sanitation customers who can't drop off their trees should call the hotline at 359-4701 by Sunday to schedule a pickup.

The trees must be on the curb by 7 a.m. Monday.

“We will start moving across the city picking up the trees,” Dedmon said. “Trees may not necessarily be picked up on normal trash collection day.”

Residents also can cut their trees into smaller pieces and place the branches in the trash carts to be picked up on regular trash collection day.

Or they can schedule a monthly bulk collection for January by calling utility customer services at 359-4541. The fee is $10 per cubic yard for the first two cubic yards and $5 for each additional cubic yard.

People also can take their trees to the Edmond Transfer Station, Interstate 35 and Covell Road. The cost is up to $5, depending on the size of the tree.

Mulch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Feb. 8 at Mitch Park.

“Folks really like the mulch,” Dedmon said. “It is gone really quickly.”

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