The county says in a press release that since the program began, an average of 2,300 trees have been collected annually, yielding over 110 cubic yards of mulch each year.
People who pay for city water and trash pickup can put their trees out by the curb for Republic Services to take with their normal trash pickup from Tuesday through January 12.
Joe Hyndman recycles puts one of his family's Christmas trees on a pile at the Hamilton County Recycling Center on Crabtree Road on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in the Middle Valley community near Chattanooga, Tenn. Trees will be used to enhance fish habitat in the lake.
Hamilton County's five recycling centers will once again be accepting natural trees at its five recycling locations. However, Christmas trees can build up sap that can be risky to burn indoors, and creosote that these trees produce isn't good for chimneys or exhausts. People may drop off trees during business hours or leave trees outside the gates after hours. The trees from the nursery are planted throughout the Lancaster County Park System. No flocked trees will be accepted.
Both the County and City programs require that all decorations, stands and nails be removed from the Christmas trees.