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Many locations in the D.C. area are encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees and greenery once the holidays are over.

Curbside Pick-up: Texas Disposal Systems customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on your regular yard trimmings pickup day. If you're not garden-savvy enough to chop up the branches to mulch in your own garden, most metro-east townships offer tree recycling into the month of January. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch.

This is the 30th year for the City's tree recycling program, the oldest program of its kind in the state.

All that gift wrap and much of the packaging can be recycled, too.

"You can take the wrapping paper and the boxes and they call be made into new paper or new boxes", he said.

"It's easier than ever to recycle holiday materials through Delaware's Universal Recycling program", Miller said.

Wreaths are not acceptable for recycling because they contain wire.

Bevis said people don't understand, when they contaminate recyclables, it "defeats the objective of recycling".

Contact Molly Murray at (302) 463-3334 or mmurray@delawareonline.com. Mondays through Fridays through February 3, and from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Lafayette Service Center, 1700 Avalon Ave.

Christmas tree recycling: December 26 - January 1 at The Theatre, Heritage and Kill Creek Parks from 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Blue Hen Organics33529 Fox Run Road, Frankford.

1815 N. Chouteau Traffic Way: Open Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.