Pittsburgh giving away free mulch from Christmas tree recycling program


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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One man’s destroyed Christmas tree is another man’s treasure.

The city of Pittsburgh is giving away free mulch from its Christmas tree recycling program starting on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Over the past holiday season, the Public Works Department said the city kept nearly 1,700 Christmas trees out of the landfill. Now these trees are available to all residents in the form of free, natural and eco-friendly mulch.

After residents turned in their trees, the Forest Service shredded them into mulch at the Pittsburgh Zoo drop-off site. Starting Saturday, the mulch will be available in the zoo’s crowded parking lot.

People must bring their own buckets, gloves and shovels. Residents can come any Saturday through May 13, morning to night, or while supplies last. The Department of Public Works said crowds are limited and expected to go quickly.

The Office of Environmental Services of the Department of Public Works will also collect leaves, grass, brush and branches on Saturday 6 May.

Garden waste must be placed at usual residents’ garbage and recycling points by 6 a.m. Saturday, but should not be unloaded until Friday evening, the city said. For more information on the data collected, visit the city’s website.

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