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Tree recycling volunteers will take bad light strands, too

Volunteers for the first time will take non-working Christmas tree lights during the annual Henderson Christmas tree recycling event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas trees will be chipped into mulch and a fragrantly fresh pile of chips will be available for free gathering at the event at Jackson Park. Those planning to collect mulch should bring boxes or bags.

This year, strands of non-working electrical tree lights will be collected for donation to the County Cooperative Extension Service as well.

Volunteers with ECO, the Environmental & Conservation Organization, will help unload trees and will serve hot apple cider to participants. In 2012, 1,097 trees were chipped.

The free tree dropff started the day after Christmas at the parking lot at Field 3 at Jackson Park. Christmas tree vendors also may bring leftover trees to the site.

Hendersonville city residents may leave their Christmas trees at curbside, where they will be chipped and counted as part of the recycling project. No balled trees or wreaths or greenery with wire will be accepted.

The tree recycling project of ECO, Henderson County Parks and Recreation, Hendersonville Public Works and Henderson County Solid Waste Department and is sponsored by King's Hardware. The recycling takes place rain or shine.