Borough waste facilities ready to accept tired Tannenbaums

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2006

When its branches become brittle and the needles start creating more of a mess than a holiday mood, the time has come for the Christmas tree to be shown the door.

As in years past, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department is ready to receive no longer wanted Tannenbaums for safe disposal.

Special receptacles have been set up at transfer facilities in Nikiski, Kenai and Sterling, and residents may also bring their Christmas trees to the Soldotna Landfill.

Hours of operation at the transfer facilities are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and the landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All locations will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Marie Vinson, administrative assistant for the Solid Waste Department, said the special Christmas tree containers will be at the sites until “about Jan. 14.”

She said there is no charge for disposing of Christmas trees and there is no limit on how many can be brought in. If people want to gather them up for their neighbors and just make one trip to the transfer facility or the landfill, that’s OK, she said.

The borough would like all decorations to be removed from the trees before they are brought in.

“Tinsel’s OK,” Vinson said.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek

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