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Your Christmas tree can be recycled at CCEEC

  • Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, tosses a discarded Christmas tree onto a pile of old trees on the EEC site. Trees brought to the EEC are converted into mulch,…
    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, tosses a discarded Christmas tree onto a pile of old trees on the EEC site. Trees brought to the EEC are converted into mulch, which is used on nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to area residents free of charge.
Published December 30. 2010 05:00PM

Christmas is over, but there still could be a use for your Christmas tree.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, said trees can be dropped off there and recycled; specifically they can be converted into mulch.

Gallagher said trees dropped at the center are chipped up and made into mulch. The mulch is used on the nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to people who request it free of charge.

She stressed that trees brought to the site should be clear of tinsel and all other decorations. The tinsel can cause death or injury to any birds or other wildlife ingesting it.

Last year, so much mulch was created that a loader was brought on-site and pick-up trucks were filled with the mulch.

"We hope to do that again this year," she said.

Space on the property of the environmental education center is set aside for the trees to the rear of the main building.

The CCEEC is located along East White Bear Drive in the vicinity of Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

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