Tree Recycling Sites

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is collecting Christmas Trees to recycle. You can drop the tree off at any of the following locations January 1st - 15th.

Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, Riverdahl School, 3520 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford

Blackhawk Park, 100 15th Avenue, Rockford

Levings Lake, east entrance off South Johnston Avenue, Rockford

Andrews Park, 800 N. Central Avenue, Rockford

Gambino Park, River Lane off North Alpine Road, Rockford

Alpine Park, 900 S. Alpine Road, Rockford

Martin Park, Park Ridge Road off Riverside Boulevard, Loves Park

Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road

Baumann Park, behind maintenance building on South Walnut, Cherry Valley

Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road, north Winnebago County

Rockton Boat Ramp Parking Lot, off Hononegah Road, Rockton

Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road, Roscoe

Westlake Village, next to boat launch at Smith Road, western Winnebago County

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Christmas Tree Recycling

In a national survey, 66-percent of consumers who selected a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled theirs in community programs. Real Christmas Trees are recycled for five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest trees. These are:

  • Chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails)
  • Beachfront erosion prevention
  • Lake and river shoreline stabilization
  • Fish habitat
  • River delta sedimentation management

    Today around 98-percent of Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recycle resource, and Real Trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and/or pumpkins are cultivated for harvest.

    For each Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to two new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

    The cycle of environmental benefits that Real Christmas Trees provide, begins when 35 million American families choose to celebrate the holiday season with a fresh Real Tree. Then the trees are given back to the environment in recycling programs; and finally new seedlings are planted in the Spring. This year, over 70 million new seedlings will be planted by Christmas Tree farmers all over America.

    Contact your local tree farm or paper to find out how you can recycle your tree this year and give back to your community.

    Source: http://www.realchristmastrees.org/home.html (The National Christmas Tree Association Web site) contributed to this report,/I>


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