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Recycled Christmas Trees Spruce Up Upper St. Clair Parks

When Christmas has come and gone and it's time to toss their Tannenbaum, Upper St. Clair residents help spruce up their parks by recycling the undecorated trees. 

Through the Upper St. Clair's Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Upper St. Clair residents are encouraged to drop their Christmas trees off at the small parking lot across from the public works building on Truxton Drive. The public works crew grind down the trees into wood mulch and use it for Upper St. Clair walking paths, typically at Gilfillan Park

"Recycling and repurposing the trees keeps them from going to the landfill," said Gary Schafer, Upper St. Clair's parks and forestry administrator. 

The smell of the mulch is a bonus.

"The aromatic fragrance is very distinctive and can easily take you back to a Christmas day memory," said Mr. Schafer. 

"When dropping off a tree, be sure to double check and remove all lights and ornaments. Wreaths are beautiful; however, they cannot go through the chipper," he added. 

The 2021-22 Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs through Jan. 31, 2022.