It’s not too early to start planning for Christmas tree disposal

December 12, 2003
Santa Paula News

It’s not too early to start planning for the disposal of your Christmas tree and the City of Santa Paula will again make sure that the symbol of the season that sat in your living room through the holidays is gently recycled.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesIt’s not too early to start planning for the disposal of your Christmas tree and the City of Santa Paula will again make sure that the symbol of the season that sat in your living room through the holidays is gently recycled.For the third year in a row, Santa Paula Union High School students of Art Teacher Maryann Romano have participated in the tree recycling art contest.The winners of the contest - which each year draws more and more participants - were announced at a recent City Council meeting.Public Works Utilities Division Superintendent Tony Emmert told the council that the winning poster will be mounted “predominantly on one of the city’s rolling trash trucks” as an advertisement of the City Christmas Tree Recycling Program.The city does “encourage all residents to recycle their Christmas trees,” starting on Dec. 26th through Jan. 8th.
Residents can also drop off their Christmas trees at the Depot or do the job themselves by cutting up the tree and putting in the brown recycling container for pickup.Either way, noted Emmert, the trees must be stripped of all decorations including tinsel so they can find new life as compost and perhaps grow new trees for next year’s holiday. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and alternative method of disposal utilized, Emmert noted.Winners of the 2003 Christmas Tree Recycling Program poster are Ronnie Alamillo, whose design took first place, and Angel Silva, the second place award winner.Each student received a gift certificate as the prize for their winning artworks.“Tell all your friends that your artwork is proudly displayed on trash trucks,” joked Emmert.



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