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New site to recycle holiday trees

Boca has changed the site to leave your holiday trees for recycling.

You have until Sunday Jan. 19 to unload them on the south end of the parking lot in Countess de Hoernle Park. The old drop-off site near the dog park is no longer in use.

At de Hoernle/Spanish River Athletic Facilities, follow the signs when you pull in at 1000 Spanish River Blvd. Make an immediate right to the end. You’ll see the trees in piles on the tarmac. And make sure they’re clean. No tinsel, lights or decorations. The city will chip them into mulch for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 

If you’re just leaving them for trash collection, also remove decorations. They’ll be picked up from the swale on regular vegetation collection days, the city says.

For questions, call the city’s Recreation Services at 561-393-7817 which is handling the program.

If you live in the county instead, put the tree out with regular trash or yard waste, according to the Solid Waste Authority. Christmas trees are collected from curbside the first two weeks in January. 

Here’s other SWA requests:

·    Remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands or other materials.

·    Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees.

·    Trees larger than the standard 6- or 7-foot may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler.

·    In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch usually made available, free to city or county residents.

·    Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

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