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Christmas tree recycling event a big success

Published: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

Thank you to all the sponsors who participated in the Ogle County Christmas tree recycling program. We had another successful turnout with more than 700 trees being chipped into mulch.

The high school FFA organizations from Byron, Oregon, Polo and Forreston have continued to do an excellent job picking up trees at the curb for their communities.

We appreciate the continued support of the city of Byron, Byron Forest Preserve District, Byron High School FFA, Polo High School FFA, Aurand Tree Service, Oregon Park District, Oregon High School FFA, the village of Forreston, Forreston High School FFA, the village of Leaf River, Flagg-Rochelle Park District, the city of Rochelle, and Lichty’s Landscaping.

Christmas tree drop-offs were in Oregon, Byron, Rochelle, Monroe Center, Polo, Leaf River and Forreston. Communities that do not have a drop-off site for Christmas trees, but would be interested in starting one, should call our department at 815-732-4020.

Free mulch is still available at the Oregon Park District maintenance buildings on Hill Street; at 407 N. Locust St. in Forreston; and in Rochelle (call Don at 815-562-2494). Bring a shovel and container to load your own or call ahead for larger loads.

Thank you also to all Ogle County residents who made the effort to have their trees chipped.

Note to readers – Joy Bliton is a solid waste management specialist and environmental engineer for Ogle County.

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