Pasco News

Christmas tree recycling program starts Dec. 26

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County’s popular Christmas tree recycling event is happening again this year, starting tomorrow, Jennifer L. Seney reports as the county’s recycling coordinator.

There is no charge for tree drop off, Seney emphasized, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

“In eight years, we have recycled 11,063 trees,” Seney reports about the program that started in 2005. “That’s returning 10 acres of trees to the earth.”

County crews place the discarded trees through a wood chipper to convert them into mulch for landscaping purposes at parks and other facilities.

Mulch disintegrates into the landscape and helps build structure in the soil, Seney explains. Mulch breaks down more rapidly than a tree buried in a landfill.

The benefit of recycling the trees is realized quickly, Seney says. Last year the county recycled 1,084 trees. That’s like putting 1 acre of trees back into the ground, she noted.

People can drop off trees at the following West Pasco locations:

Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.

Anclote Gulf Park, 2305 Baillie’s Bluff Road, Holiday.

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey.

Elsie Logan Memorial/Shady Hills Park, 15840 Green Glen Lane, Spring Hill.

Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, 14230 Hays Road, Spring Hill.

For information, contact Seney at (727) 856-4539 or