Bala Cynwyd recycles Christmas trees

January 2, 2013 by  

People living in Bala Cynwyd and the rest of the Lower Merion area have an incentive to pack away their holiday decorations quickly.

Starting today, January 2, in Lower Merion Township, of which Bala Cynwyd is part, the Shade Tree Commission will pick up cut Christmas trees. The collected trees will be turned into mulch at the public works complex in neighboring Penn Valley. The mulch will then be available to the public to be used in landscaping and gardens. Bala Cynwyd residents will also have the option of bringing their trees directly to the public works complex to be turned into mulch.

In Narberth, which is near Bala Cynwyd, people can leave their trees out for recycling from January 7 to January 11. The trees will be picked up daily. After the 11, any trees left out on the curb will be collected with the regular garbage pickup.

Bala Cynwyd printing companies could have been made use of by the township to clearly explain the guidelines for tree pickup. All decorations, including ornaments, lights, and tinsel, need to be taken off of the trees before they are picked up. The trees will be fed into chipper shredders and any decorations left on the tree will cause problems in the machines.

The mulch produced by the holiday trees will be available to area residents for personal use. People will need to pick up the mulch themselves from the public works complex. Before heading out, they should call the complex to make sure mulch is available.