Christmas trees can improve fishing
From Staff Reports
Friday, January 01, 2010

Your Christmas tree can have a second life as fish habitat.

Through Tuesday, you can drop off your natural Christmas tree (no artificial trees) at Riverside Middle School, 1095 Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

The Army Corps of Engineers will sink the trees around piers in Thurmond Lake to improve the fish habitat.

Decorations, including tinsel, must be removed from the trees before dropping them off. Dumping household trash at the site is prohibited.

Trees will be left at several lake ramps for the public to pick up and use. You can get a list of locations where the trees will be available from the Corps' Thurmond Lake Project Office after Jan. 10. For more information or to volunteer, call (800) 533-3478.

In Augusta, the Augusta-Richmond County Solid Waste Department will collect Christmas trees through Jan. 15. Leave your natural tree at the curb on your first pickup day.

The city will pick up artificial trees as bulk waste on the second pickup day. Decorations should be removed.

Natural Christmas trees from any county may be taken to the landfill at 4330 Deans Bridge Road in Blythe to be recycled at no charge. Call (706) 592-3200.

You can also drop off your tree through Jan. 9 at The Home Depot, 520 N. Belair Road in Evans. The trees will be mulched from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

You need to remove decorations and tree stands before drop-off. The store will give away seed packets at the Jan. 9 event, and you can pick up mulch for free. Bring bags and shovels.

Call (706) 312-7195, or see www.columbiacountyga.gov.

The city of Aiken is not recycling trees this year because it no longer has a wood chipper. These are county drop-off spots: Belvedere, 537 Edgefield Road; Couchton, 240 New Holland Road; Graniteville, 214 Bettis Academy Road; Langley, 458 Huber Clay Road; Monetta, 118 Trojan Road; New Holland, 121 Chalk Bed Road; New Ellenton, 2120 Williston Road; Perry, 270 Center St. E.; Reynolds Pond, 1491 Reynolds Pond Road; and Windsor, 102 Cedar Road.

From the Friday, January 01, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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