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Tree cycling grows

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Now that the holidays are officially over, many families are wondering what to do with that Christmas Tree.

In the past there were sites to take your tree to be mulched. Now the City and County of Honolulu has a program called "Green-Cycling."

Homes with trash pick-up may simply place their trees at the curb. Crews will drop by and take it away to be recycled.

"Plenty people want to decorate something for their house to make their Christmas Day to be happy," Kalihi resident Emelson Alejo said.

But during this time of the year, some families find themselves with an unwanted Christmas Tree.

And they're almost everywhere. Families throughout the island took their christmas trees out of their homes for curbside pick-up.

"I did that in the Philippines before," Alejo said. "We recycle everything."

A Kalihi family is recycling their tree for the first time.

"I feel it's important to recycle because you don't put trash on the side of the road and maybe it could be used to make paper," Jackie-Ann Tesoro said.

Officials say before putting your tree out at the curb, remove all of the decorations first. Recycling it before it turns brown may prevent an unfortunate event.

"It can cause fires for one, if it's too dry and it looks ugly on the side of the road," she said.

Some say it's not only an eye-sore, it also keeps more waste out of our landfills.

"I think no more space already, so it's more important to recycle," Alejo said.

So if you still haven't recycled your tree yet, remember one thing, when you do, you'll be helping out not only yourself, but others as well.

Maui has an island-wide "Tree-Cycling" day on Saturday. On Kauai and the Big Island, people may drop-off their trees at any one on of the refuse transfer stations. For more information on recycling your tree, go to the Newslinks section to find various links to the particular island you're on.

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