Christmas tree recycling urged

The County of Maui is encouraging residents and visitors to recycle all live Christmas trees.

The county Recycling Section has released a list of facilities that will be accepting trees for composting beginning Thursday:

* EKO Compost at the Central Maui Landfill, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m Mondays to Saturdays.

* Pacific Green Waste and Compost in Kihei, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturdays. The facility will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There will be a fee of $5 per Christmas tree.

* Olowalu Convenience Center, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.

For Upcountry residents, the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will offer curbside pickup service starting Jan. 4. A $10 donation per tree will go toward supporting local Rotary projects. Pukalani and Kula residents should call 878-2177; Paia, Haiku and Makawao residents should call 298-2393 by Jan. 1 to schedule pickup.

Participants are asked to make checks payable to “Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui,” and to set the tree out on the curb before 8 a.m. on the day of pickup.

Doris Todd Christian School in Paia will be recycling Christmas trees from 8 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 4. The money raised will go to the school band. The trees brought to the school will be mulched. The cost is $5.

On Jan. 5, trees may be brought to the University of Hawaii-Maui College old soccer field next to the Wahine Pio Avenue recycling center as part of Mulchfest 2014. The trees will be mulched for the Maui Community and School Gardens.

The trees may be dropped off for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Since the trees will be processed into compost, all decorations should be removed, including tinsel and other materials, according to an announcement from the county.

For more information, email or call the Recycle Maui County Hotline at 270-7880.