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Drop off old Christmas trees to help Island beaches

December 27, 2018

HARLINGEN — Recycling doesn’t have to be a beach, but in this case, it’s going to protect one.

The City of Harlingen is requesting residents dispose of their Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Harlingen Recycling Center at 1006 S. Commerce through Jan. 6.

From there, the loads of holiday firs and pines will be trucked to South Padre Island, where they will be deployed along the dunes to prevent erosion of beach sand.

“We have a container here at the Recycling Center and we are recycling Christmas trees,” Jeff Lyssy, director of the Harlingen Recycling Center, said yesterday.

“We’ll probably get a couple hundred, I’d bet,” he added. “They’re going to try to restore the sand dunes by placing those trees on the beach.”

There is no charge to drop off a tree at the recycling center during the center’s hours of operation, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

A designated waste bin solely for Christmas trees is located to the right just inside the recycling center’s gate. Just pull next to the bin, drop in your tree and leave, Lyssy said.

Trees need to be stripped of decorations, tinsel, flocking and stands, city officials say.

Meanwhile, wrapping paper, cards and boxes can be recycled, too. Simply drop them off at the recycling center using the drive-thru lanes. For more information on items that can be recycled, city residents can call 956-427-8824.

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