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Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Free in January

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

If you still have your old Christmas tree after the New Year, instead of tossing it to the curb, take it to be recycled. After all, it's free.

"For the past 15 years or so, we've been rewarding our tree recyclers with these lovely tree seedlings. Now this is an example of an Afghan Pine, along with Desert Willows. These are great for the Corpus Christi climate," said Angela Gonzalez, Corpus Christi Pride and Clean city coordinator. "We only have about 1,500 of these to give away, so we are encouraging residents to show up as early as possible to get their hands on one of these seedlings."

The first drop off takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 5. Drop off locations include the Wal-Mart stores located at Calallen, Staples and Greenwood.

Before you drop off your tree to get recycled, there are a couple of things you should remember.

"We need to make sure that your Christmas trees are not flocked," Gonzalez said. "That's the fake snow. And free of all kinds of Christmas decorations and ornaments and lights, because again, we mulch those trees and you can't mulch lights. And flock snow actually damages and is actually poisonous to your Christmas tree, so we can't accept any kind of flocked tree either."

If you miss that day's recycling event, a second recycling event will be held one week later on Jan. 12. Locations include the Wal-Mart on Saratoga and the one on Flour Bluff Drive, as well as at Flour Bluff High School and the Padre Island Property Owners Association located on Fortuna Bay Drive.

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