Christmas trees get new purpose at Delta County Landfill

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s Department of Public Works is once again asking people in the city to dispose of their Christmas trees at pick-up sites in Escanaba this year. Director of Public Works Bill Farrell said the trees will eventually be used in a variety of ways by the Delta County Landfill.

As has been the case in previous years, Escanaba residents will be able to drop their trees off at two sites in the area. These sites are located in a parking lot behind Ludington Park’s bandshell and near Lemmer Elementary School. As there is no curbside tree pickup by the city in Escanaba, residents must bring their discarded Christmas trees to one of these sites.

“We’re giving our residents a spot to get rid of their Christmas trees (there),” Farrell said.

Escanaba residents will be able to use these sites through the end of this month.

Once these trees are collected, they are taken to the Delta County Landfill, where they will be stored until spring. Landfill Manager Don Pyle said the landfill has recently started to receive some Christmas trees.

“We’re going to get a lot more in another week, here,” he said.

When spring arrives each year, the landfill hires a company to process the trees and any brush they have collected over the course of the year.

“They end up getting chipped up … and then (they) would be used in adding to the grass and leaves for compost,” Pyle said. Chips from this procedure are also used as road material in the landfill during wet times of the year and as mulch.

In 2017, the landfill paid over $6,000 for this service. While this is a significant expense, Pyle said the benefits the service provides to the landfill and the people of Delta County makes it worth it.

“(It’s) a very good program that provides the community an opportunity to dispose of something they no longer need and create something useful from the material,” he said.