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St. Pete Residents Encouraged to Recycle Holiday Trees into Mulch, City Offers Free Pickup

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The following is a news release from the city of St. Petersburg: 


St. Petersburg residents can find a second use for their Christmas tree by allowing the city to recycle the trees into decorative “Yuletide” mulch. For those who want to drop off their Christmas tree at one of the city’s five brush sites, see details below. 

If unable to drop off your tree, Sanitation crews will provide curb-side (or alley) pick-up of discarded Christmas trees throughout St. Petersburg neighborhoods on Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Please NO artificial trees.) 

Here’s how to take advantage of the free pick-up on Saturday, January 11: 
  • RESIDENTIAL HOUSES:  Place tree no closer than three (3) feet beside the garbage container in the usual location (curb or alley). 
  • LARGE APARTMENT COMPLEXES:  Place the trees in a central location. When trees accumulate, apartment managers should call Commercial Sanitation at 727-893 7351 and a crew will be sent for pick-up. 
  • SMALLER APARTMENT COMPLEXES:  Place trees beside or behind the large metal dumpsters and they will be picked up on regular collection days. 

REMINDER:  WHEN DISPOSING OF A TREE, PLEASE REMOVE THE TREE STAND AND ALL DECORATIONS, LIGHTS AND PLASTIC DISPOSAL BAG. 

If your tree is not picked up on the designated day and you need to request a special collection of your Christmas tree AFTER January 11, 2014, please call 727-893 7398 and press 4. 

HOW / WHERE TO DROP OFF YOUR TREE

St. Petersburg residents who want to dispose of their tree sooner are encouraged to drop it off at any one of the city’s five brush sites. Again, please remember to remove the tree stand and all decorations and lights before discarding the tree. If a plastic tree bag is used when transporting tree, it should be removed and placed in the bin provided for tree bag disposal. 

St. Petersburg residents who want to dispose of their tree sooner are encouraged to drop it off at any one of the city’s five brush sites. Again, please remember to remove the tree stand and all decorations and lights before discarding the tree. If a plastic tree bag is used when transporting tree, it should be removed and placed in the bin provided for tree bag disposal.  

BRUSH SITE LOCATIONS AND HOURS:
  
For St. Petersburg residential customers, the city operates five brush sites, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Locations: 
1000 62nd Avenue NE   
7750 26th Avenue North   
2500 26th Avenue South
4015 Dr. ML King Jr. St. South (9th St.)
2453 20th Avenue North 

The trees are ground into a sweet smelling mulch which is mixed with standard mulch. And, mulch is available free for residents year round at each brush site (bring your own shovels and containers). The mulch is also used by the city to landscape city parks, golf courses and other facilities.


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