Thank you to all who were involved in this year’s Christmas tree recycling program. Approximately 670 trees (about 16.78 tons) were collected and chipped into mulch and diverted from local landfills.
Since the start of the program in 1999, about 316 tons of trees have been recycled and made into beneficial materials. Drop-off sites were in seven communities throughout the county.
On Jan. 11, high school FFA clubs from Byron, Forreston, Oregon, and Polo volunteered their time, in lousy weather conditions, to pick up trees at the curb in nine towns. The students and advisers delivered the trees to sites where they were later chipped into mulch.
The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department thanks the following groups for their role in collecting and chipping the trees and making this program possible, Byron Forest Preserve District, city of Byron, Byron High School FFA, Lichty’s Landscaping Service, village of Forreston, Forreston High School FFA, village of Leaf River, Oregon Park District, Oregon High School FFA, Flagg-Rochelle Park District, city of Rochelle, Polo Community High School FFA, and Aurand Tree Service.
Note to readers: Stephen J. Rypkema is the director of the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department.