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Christmas Tree Recycling Made Real Easy On Saturday By Bucktown Group

By Alisa Hauser | December 29, 2016 5:45am
 Steve Jensen drops a load of trees off at the Humboldt Park boat house.
Steve Jensen drops a load of trees off at the Humboldt Park boat house.
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BUCKTOWN — The wrapping paper is gone, the decorations are being boxed up, and the "Real Christmas Tree" is littering the floor with dried-up needles and creating a fire hazard. What now?

Steve Jensen, president of the Bucktown Community Organization, has an idea: Let him and other volunteers recycle your tree for you.

For the eighth year in a row, Jensen and a small crew of volunteers will pick up trees dropped off in easily accessible spots for Bucktown residents: Senior Citizens Park, 2300 N. Oakley Ave. behind Holstein Park; Walsh Park at 1722 N. Ashland Ave. next to the eastern end of The 606; the "Bucktown Green" behind the Bucktown-Wicker Park library; and the corner of Honore Street and Avondale Avenue. 

The trees must be dropped off between the hours of 6 a.m. and noon this Saturday or on next Saturday, Jan. 7. The volunteers will then transport the trees to one of the city's 23 mulching yards that offers free tree recycling drop offs through Jan. 17.

"After the holidays, don’t throw your Real Christmas Tree in the trash or set it on the curb," the Bucktown Community Organization said in its newsletter. "Real trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes."

For all the details, visit bucktown.org/annual-tree-pickup/

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