Recycling becoming part of holiday tradition
You know that formerly fragrant Christmas tree has to go after the holidays.
If the tree has been in the house since Thanksgiving, it may be time. Following Christian tradition, the tree can remain part of traditional decorations until Jan. 6, the day of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a feast day that celebrates the human Jesus Christ as God and follows Twelfth Night.
The used formerly live tree is just part of the heap of Christmas trash that can be recycled. Local government recycling is growing slowly in North Carolina, according to state agencies. A 2011 state report shows that North Carolinians threw away less per capita than at any time in nearly 20 years, largely due to continuing recycling efforts as well as economic conditions. In the latest survey, Guilford County ranked eighth with 212 pounds of trash recovered per person through recycling. Davidson was 66th at 60 pounds and Randolph was 76th at 52 pounds.
“Give a gift to the environment this year by making sure the trash you throw away is truly trash, and by recycling those holiday items that can be recycled,” said Susan Heim, Guilford County environmental services coordinator.
County workers will turn used Christmas trees into mulch for use at parks and other facilities. You can drop off old Christmas trees through Jan. 15 at these sites:
• Guilford County Prison Farm, 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 641-2630 for directions and information.
• Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, off Interstate 40 at Sandy Ridge Road. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Call 605-9157 for more information.
• Tabernacle United Methodist Church, behind the ball field at the corner of Woody Mill and Methodist Roads. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trees should be stripped of decorations, stands and covers. Wreaths, garland and artificial trees are not accepted.
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Until the 19th century, people would keep Christmas decorations until Feb. 2, Candlemas Day, the end of the Christmas season, 40 days after the birth of Jesus.
High Point: Residents can leave stripped trees at the curb. Call 883-3111 for more information.
Information: Call Susan Heim, Guilford County Guilford County environmental services coordinator, at 641-3792.