Treecycling gears up with multiple locations

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and area partners kicked off the annual Treecycling program this week, encouraging residents to recycle their fresh-cut holiday trees. This free holiday tree recycling program offers multiple locations available 24-hours a day throughout the region.

“Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota,” said Karen Anderson, WLSSD’s director of community relations. “These materials contain valuable resources that can be reclaimed through Treecycling. Collected trees will be beneficially re-used as fuel, to line paths, mulch garden beds or for other purposes, while recovering resources and saving landfill space.”

This year’s Treecycling program once again offers a variety of convenient tree recycling sites—all open for extended periods of time. The extended timeline and locations will help area residents to properly dispose of their fresh-cut holiday trees during times most convenient to them. WLSSD’s Yard Waste Compost Site will be open starting on Thursday, December 21, for those residents who may take down their trees before leaving for the holidays.

Six sites are open for tree drop-off December 26 through January 10:

. Chester Bowl (parking lot by playground)

. Lester Park (parking lot by playground)

. Duluth Heights Community Club (parking lot across the street)

. Woodland Community Club (lower parking lot off Woodland Ave)

. Rose Garden (parking lot)

. City of Duluth West Toolhouse (on Commonwealth Avenue)

Two sites in Carlton County are open December 26 through January 15:

. SAPPI Fine Paper (Cloquet, gatehouse entrance)

. oose Lake Compost Site (across from City garage)

Four additional sites are open December 26 through January 31:

. Demolicious (in western Duluth)

. VONCO V Landfill (in the Gary neighborhood)

. WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site (off 27th Avenue West), opens December 21

. WLSSD Materials Recovery Center (off Rice Lake Road)

“Area residents appreciate longer-term opportunities to Treecycle. They’ve told us that drop off locations are more helpful than one-day events,” said Anderson. “Treecycling drop off sites are conveniently located in many neighborhoods, providing the opportunity for residents to Treecycle quickly and easily, no matter how busy their schedules might be.”

More details about the 2017 Treecycling program are available at

Those recycling fresh-cut trees are reminded to remove all ornaments and tree stands before bringing trees to a Treecycling location. Wreaths, garland and other decorations made from evergreen branches are not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530 square mile service area in southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.

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