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Bring old Christmas trees to OCRRA where they’ll be recycled into garden mulch

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (December 18, 2018)— Do something environmentally-friendly with your old Christmas tree and give it a new life; let OCRRA turn it into mulch at the Jamesville or Amboy Compost Site.

Simply remove all decorations, lights, tinsel, stands, and plastic bags from trees prior to dropping off at either the Jamesville Compost Site or the Amboy Compost Site in Camillus. Both sites are open for free tree drop off Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (excluding the weekend; the sites are both closed on Saturday and Sunday). Visit for directions.

“Bringing your Christmas trees to OCRRA is full circle recycling,” says OCRRA Recycling Specialist Dale Cocca. “Next spring, the trees will be ground into all-natural mulch that residents can use to beautify their landscapes.”

Visit for tree drop-off details.

Most municipalities, including the City of Syracuse, have a pick-up or drop-off program for Christmas trees. Residents should contact their local municipality for specific information on their program.

About OCRRA: OCRRA is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1990 to deliver a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery system to Onondaga County residents. OCRRA’s system includes: a strong recycling and composting program, a foundation for local waste disposal at the Waste-to-Energy Facility, two convenient trash and recycling drop off sites, a robust education component and programs for hard to manage materials, such as household hazardous waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing devices. OCRRA’s award-winning programs are funded by trash drop-off fees and the sale of electricity generated at the Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville, NY. Learn more and get involved at, or follow us on Facebook.




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Dec 21st 2018