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Broward offers tree pickup and recycling
BY AMY SHERMAN
Broward County residents can recycle their Christmas trees at some local parks.
Or, for residents who don't want to haul the tree that far, most cities will pick it up at the curb.
The county turns the old Christmas trees into mulch to be used in parks, flower beds, walkways and horse trails. Last year, the county recycled nearly 17,500 trees into 219 tons of mulch.
''It's a huge amount,'' said Bob Harbin, director of the county parks.
Although Broward County has offered the Chip-a-Tree program for 15 years, this is the first time that officials have paired it with an ongoing program to replant trees in Broward. At a few of the tree recycling sites, county residents can pick up a new tree while supplies last through Replant Broward.
Launched about four years ago, Replant Broward is a reforestation project implemented by the Broward County League of Cities in response to the loss of more than 132,000 trees due to citrus canker. So far, more than 109,000 trees have been distributed to more than 30,000 homeowners.
It's not necessary to drop off an old tree to get a new tree through Replant Broward.
Broward residents are limited to dropping off two trees per vehicle, and artificial trees are not accepted.
Trees can be recycled at designated parks between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 16. Expect to pay a park entrance fee of $1 per person. For more information call 954-357-8100.
Replant Broward trees can be picked up at the following locations, where residents can also drop off old Christmas trees:
• C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines
• Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise
• Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation
• T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood
• West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood
Trees can also be dropped off at:
• Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City
• Delevoe Park, 2520 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
• Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park
• Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek
• McTyre Park, 3501 SW 56th Ave., Pembroke Park
• Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach
• Snake Warrior's Island, 3601 SW 62nd Ave., Miramar
• Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek
• Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie
Most cities also offer tree pick up, usually on your regular collection day unless otherwise noted:
• Cooper City: Jan. 6, 7 and 8
• Davie: Through Jan. 15
• Fort Lauderdale: Cut up trees can be placed in yard waste carts or whole trees with bulk trash for regular pickup.
• Hallandale Beach: Trees will be picked up every Monday in January.
• Hollywood: Trees can be set out during the commingled collection week.
• Miramar, Sunrise, Coconut Creek, Weston, Pembroke Pines and North Lauderdale (All Service Refuse): Trees cut in half will be picked up with regular garbage, or whole trees can be placed with bulk pickup.
• Plantation: Jan. 10 through 30, trees will be picked up or residents can bring trees to the Public Works Compound, 750 NW 91st Ave.
• Pompano Beach: Trees can be brought to the Pompano Air Park, 1001 NE 10th St. in December and January, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Trees also can be placed with regular garbage collection.
• Tamarac: Jan. 6, 7 and 8.