ST. PETERSBURG — City residents can find a second use for their Christmas tree by allowing the city to recycle the trees into mulch.
The trees are ground into a sweet smelling mulch which is mixed with standard mulch and is available free for residents to pick up. The mulch will also be used by the city to landscape city parks, golf courses and other facilities.
Discarded Christmas trees can be dropped off at one of the city's five brush sites.
For residents unable to drop off a discarded tree, sanitation crews will provide curb-side (or alley) pick-up in the neighborhoods on Jan. 8. (No artificial trees.)
Here's how to take advantage of the free pick-up:
• Residential houses: Place tree no closer than 3 feet beside the garbage container in the usual location (curb or alley).
• Large apartment complexes: Place the trees in a central location. When trees accumulate, apartment managers should call Commercial Sanitation at (727) 893-7351 and a crew will be sent for pick up.
• Smaller apartment complexes: Place trees beside or behind the large metal dumpsters and they will be picked up on regular collection days.
When disposing of a tree, remember to remove the tree stand and all decorations, including lights.
To request a special collection of your Christmas tree after Jan. 8, call (727) 893-7398 and press 4.
The city's brush sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Brush site locations include:
• 1000 62nd Ave. NE
• 4015 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. S
• 7750 26th Ave. N
• 2453 20th Ave. N
• 2500 26th Ave. S