Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas Tree-cycling: Waianae Coast Comprehensive, Jan 10, 10AM-4PM

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center will be offering free Christmas tree-cycling on January 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their lower campus parking lot, near the Adult Day Care Center.

A+ Tree Service, along with Health Center staff and MAO Organic Farm, will rally together in an effort to encourage the community to tree-cycle their Christmas tree this year. A+ Tree Service owner, Sandy Johnson of Nanakuli, will graciously donate his time and chipping machine to support the Health Center’s dedication to environmental sustainability.

The community is encouraged to “chip in” and tree-cycle their trees instead of dumping them at a landfill. Not only is this service convenient, but it also provides an opportunity for residents to jump on the bandwagon and commit to the environmental premise: “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Turning Christmas trees into mulch helps save landfill space and conserves water by retaining moisture near plants when spread as a cover. Christmas tree mulch also emits an odor that wards off certain insects and keeps pesky cats from excreting nearby. Mulch can also be a great way to blanket weeds and prevent them from growing back, reducing the need for chemical sprays, such as weed killer.

Christmas Tree-Cycling
Waianae Coast Comprehensive
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

"Mulch is a very good way to recycle any type of organic matter, including shrubs, tree debris, and large branches,” said Daniel Rudoy, of MAO Organic Farms. “Mulch can also be used for decoration and conservation,” he added.

When mulch becomes compost, it adds nutrients to the soil and reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticides, and other chemicals. Chemicals such as these can filter into groundwater and pollute neighboring streams.

The Health Center encourages residents to bring bags and take advantage of the free mulch for use in their gardens or yards. Mulch that is not claimed by residents will be used by the Health Center to beautify its grounds.

Please be sure to remove all ornaments, lights, and the stand from your tree. We will not be able to accept trees that have been flocked with artificial snow or still have tinsel on them.

For more information contact Desiree Hikuroa by calling 697-3599 or e-mailing

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