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Madison County residents urged to ‘save planet’ at Operation Christmas Cleanup

HUNTSVILLE – Christmas has come and gone and the time will soon come to take down the tree.

The cities of Huntsville and Madison have teamed with Madison County in asking residents to dispose of live trees and other renewable materials in an environmentally friendly manner.

With that in mind, they have designated Jan. 6 for “Operation Christmas Cleanup.”

“Do your part to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Niki Sothers, City of Huntsville manager of landscape management. “The trees will be chipped and used for mulch at city facilities. It’s a reminder we should do all we can to save the planet.”

There will be two locations that will accept items from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: John Hunt Park, 2315 Airport Road, and Madison City Schools Stadium, 211 Celtic Drive.

Accepted items include:

  • Live trees with lights and ornaments removed
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Batteries
  • Electronics

Items that won’t be accepted include:

  • Artificial trees
  • Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing materials
  • Plastic bags
  • Wrapping paper.

Operation Christmas Cleanup is hosted by Huntsville’s Green Team, City of Madison, Madison County, Solid Waste Disposal Authority and Recycling Alliance of North Alabama.

The rain date is Jan. 13. For more information, contact Green Team at 256-532-5326 or [email protected].

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