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S.D. Residents Encouraged to Recycle Christmas Trees

When you're ready to toss your Christmas tree, you can extend its life by recycling it. Recycling also extends the life of the Miramar Landfill. The tree recycling program kicks in Tuesday and continues through January. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Nearly 150,000 trees were recycled in San Diego last year – that’s about 1,200 tons that didn't take up space in the Miramar Landfill. Jennifer Ott is a recycling specialist with the City of San Diego. She says while giving pleasure during the holidays, the recycled trees keep on giving.

The trees are made into compost and mulch at the Miramar Greenery. So they make a usable product, there's no need for them to go into the landfill and get buried when they can be made into a usable product like compost, mulch or wood chips.

The mulch is available free to city residents. There are more than 17 drop-off locations in the city. The recycling program continues through January 23. More than 100,000 tons of waste are recycled each year in San Diego rather than dumped into the Miramar Landfill. That recycling extends the dump's life by 24 days. Ed Joyce,

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