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Christmas tree recycling and clothing drive

Posted: December 25, 2009 9:58 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita offers free curbside Christmas tree recycling every year. By recycling your tree, you can help the environment and keep this valuable resource out of our landfills.

All recycled trees are used as soil amendment, compost or bagged for mulch to be given away every March at the Arbor Day celebration.

All single family and multi-family residents can recycle their Christmas trees.

Single family residents should place their trees at the curb on their regular collection day during the two weeks following Christmas.

Multi-family residents can place their trees adjacent to the refuse bins in their complex. (Friday collection days will be pushed to Saturday for Christmas Day and New year's Day.)

Remember:

* No flocked, painted or fireproofed trees

* No ornaments, tinsel or lights

* No nails or tree stands

Waste Management encourages local residents to open their closets and their hearts to help fellow community members in need.

Waste Management has teamed up with the Salvation Army to bring Santa Clarita residents a simple and convenient way to donate clothing. Santa Clarita residents can now drop off their clean, gently worn clothing in a Salvation Army drop box, located in the parking lot of the Waste Management/Blue Barrel yard at 25772 Springbrook Road, Saugus, CA 91350.

"The holiday season is the perfect time to clean out your closets," said Sandra Pursley, community relations manager for Waste Management. "Instead of throwing that clothing away and wasting valuable landfill space, give it a second life and help out your fellow community members in need."

About 7 percent of landfills are packed with old clothing, bedding and shoes.

The average American throws away about 67.9 pounds of clothing every year, which means that, as a country, we send more than two quadrillion pounds (that's a 2 with 15 zeroes) of used clothing and textiles into landfills each year.

All clothing placed in the box will be donated to the Salvation Army on a weekly basis.

The clothes will be sold in one of the Salvation Army's seven Thrift Stores in the San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Valleys, with proceeds used to support the Adult Rehabilitation Center.

This program provides residential care, work training, spiritual and psychological training and a host of other services to hundreds of individuals in need.

If you have questions about Waste Management and the Salvation Army's new clothing drop box, or any other of WM's recycling and reuse programs, contact Waste Management's customer service department at (661) 259-2398.

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