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County MUA Collects Bare Christmas Trees Through January

By Leslie Truluck

CAPE MAY COUNTY –– The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority will accept undecorated natural Christmas trees from residents, businesses and municipal collection crews without charge until Jan. 31.
Wreaths, garlands and other decorations are not included in the recycling program, in which trees are recycled into aromatic Christmas tree mulch and provided free to county residents.
Since the program began in 1989, the authority reports that a total of 1,744 tons, or an estimated 139,520 trees, have been recycled and 59 tons of Christmas trees were recycled last year alone.
County vendors are also welcome to deliver remaining trees without charge.
Most towns will have trees picked up as they appear at curbsides until the end of January.
In Dennis Township, pickups will be done during each area’s regular trash pickup.
North Wildwood’s trees will be taken on regular trash collection days until Friday, Jan. 30.
Trees will be picked up every Friday through January in Sea Isle City.
West Cape May’s trees will be picked up on Monday, Jan. 5, Monday, Jan. 12, Tuesday, Jan. 20, and Monday Jan. 26.
Wildwood’s trees will be taken every Wednesday though January.
For more information on specific pickup dates, visit the MUA’s Web site at www.cmcmua.com.
The free Christmas tree mulch will be available to residents starting Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Secure Sanitary Landfill in Woodbine and at the Transfer Station in Burleigh during normal business hours until quantities are depleted.
The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and holidays.
Transfer Station is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and holidays.
Both facilities are closed on Sundays and on Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 16, for Presidents’ Day.
Contact Truluck at (609) 886-8600 ext. 24 or at: ltruluck @cmcherald.com.

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