While it seems too early to think about after Christmas, planning for an environmentally sound way to dispose of your Christmas tree should be somewhere on your list. Perhaps it is the start of a New Year’s resolution to live more environmentally aware.
When the holidays are long gone but your tree isn’t, it’s time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to Broward County’s annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled 9,225 trees, representing 115 tons of material that would otherwise have gone to landfills, and this year your tree can join those recyclable thousands.
The free program encourages Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
This season’s program runs from Sunday, December 26, 2010, through Sunday, January 23, 2011, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. The regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will not be in effect for recyclers, so there’s no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations, all of which are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except for the parks listed in bold:
- Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City, 954-357-5150
- C. B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines, 954-357-5170
- Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park, 954-357-5190
- Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek, 954-357-5198
- Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, 954-357-8868
- Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, 954-357-5135
- Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100
- Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale,954-791-1036
- Snake Warrior’s Island, 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar, 954-357-8811
- Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, 954-357-8870
- Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, 954-357-5130
- T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood, 954-357-8811
- West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 954-926-2480
All sites will be closed – no trees accepted – on January 1 and 17.
For further information, call the Parks and Recreation Division at 954-357-8177, or e-mail [email protected]