Recycle your Christmas tree in Broward
Is there anything sadder than a holiday tree that’s still standing around in someone’s living room well into the new year? If 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 9,225 trees, representing 115 tons of material that would otherwise have gone to landfills, and this year your tree can join those recyclable thousands.
The free program encourages 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 from Sunday, December 26, 2010, through Sunday, January 23, 2011, 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 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations, all of which are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except for the parks listed in bold:
- Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City,
- C. B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines,
- Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park,
- Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek,
- Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise,
- Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation,
- Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach,
- Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale,
- Snake Warrior’s Island, 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar,
- Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek,
- Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie,
- T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood,
- West Lake Park, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood,
All sites will be closed – no trees accepted – on January 1 and 17.
For further information, call the Parks and Recreation Division at or e-mail .
- Recycle Your Holiday Tree and Help the Environment
- Broward County Chip-A-Tree program saves more than a hundred tons from going to landfills
- Christmas tree safety tips from Oakland Park Fire Department
- Coconut Creek celebrates Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony and the 10th Annual Free Tree Giveaway
- Broward County Closures for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
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