When the holidays are long gone but your tree isn't, it's time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled more than 5,100 trees, or the equivalent of 357.72 metric tonnes, which probably would otherwise have gone to landfills. That amount accounted for 15 percent of Broward Parks' greenhouse gas reduction efforts for all of 2016. This year your tree can join those recyclable thousands.
The free program requires Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
This season's program runs daily from Tuesday, December 26, 2017, through Monday, January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King Day), giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. And remember, the regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers, so there's no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.
- Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024; 954-357-5150