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'Grinding of Greens' turns Christmas trees to mulch

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A string of lights glows on a Christmas tree in a Greenville home. (File/FOX Carolina) A string of lights glows on a Christmas tree in a Greenville home. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With Christmas over, the lights and tinsel will be placed in the attic until next year, but what to do with that tree?

The city of Greenville is encouraging residents to turn their live trees into mulch this year with the annual "Grinding of the Greens" recycling program.

City officials said residents should remove ornaments, tinsel, ribbons and lights from their trees before they place them on the curb to be picked up for collection.

People who live outside the city can bring their trees to one of four drop-off locations across Greenville: Holmes Park at Twin Lakes Road and Holmes Drive, Timmons Park at Oxford Street and Blackburn Drive, Gower Park at Laurel Creek Lane and Laurens Road and the West Greenville Recreation Center at 8 Rochester St. The drop-off locations will be open until Jan. 20.

Once collected, the live trees are taken to Twin Chimneys Landfill and ground into mulch. The mulch is then available to the public for free for the first half-scoop, $15 for a full scoop and $16.50 per ton.

Officials also reminded residents that holiday boxes, tissue paper and wrapping paper, with the exception of foil-lined paper, can be recycled curbside.

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