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Turn your Christmas tree into mulch

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St. Pete sanitation officials want residents to turn their Christmas trees into “yuletide mulch” this year. Residents can place their trees next to their garbage and the city will collect the trees and turn them into yard mulch.

Christmas tree pickup is scheduled for January 9. Residents should not put trees on the curb or near alley trashcans until January 8. For those residents taking their trees down sooner, they can still be recycled early by taking them to one of the city’s five brush sites. Those locations are:

  • 1000 62nd Avenue N.E.
  • 7750 26th Avenue North
  • 2500 26th Avenue South
  • 4015 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street South
  • 2453 20th Avenue North

Brush sites are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The sites open at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. The sites will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Before recycling, all trees should be cleaned of any ornaments, lights, tinsel or other decorations. Tree disposal bags should also be removed. The city is asking residents to place the trees next to the city trashcans, but not in it.

Christmas tree special collection is a free city service.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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