County accepting 'live' Christmas trees

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By The Staff

Citizens who need to dispose of "live" Christmas trees can take them to the county transfer station on Fairground Road.

The transfer station is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of the month (Jan. 9).

Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly wrote that trees have typically been found on road sides, at pull-offs, in creeks and around the county.

"The litter disposal method is unacceptable and usually attracts or draws more garbage to these points of deposit," Mattingly wrote.

Instead, county residents are being encouraged to recycle their trees. Trees taken to the transfer station will be ground up to be used for fuel.

Mattingly added that any Christmas trees taken to the transfer station should be clean, meaning they should not have garlands, icicles, wiring or decorations of any kind. These must be natural trees. Artificial trees will not be accepted.