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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />MEDIA ADVISORY <br />Thursday, January 22, 2009 <br />2:30 pm <br /> <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Dir. of Communications & Special Projects, 574-235-5855/876-1564c. <br /> Sam Hensley, Division of Streets, 574-235-9244 <br /> <br />Live Christmas tree pickup program extended <br /> <br />South Bend, IN: <br />To date, the city has collected a very small number of discarded Christmas <br />trees, approximately 600-700, which is approximately 25% of previous years,” stated Sam <br />Hensley, Director of the Division of Streets. “We are not seeing as many as usual and assume <br />that they have either been buried in the snow piles or have not yet been put out, due to the <br />snow and cold weather.” <br />The city will extend the pickup program for an additional two weeks to help facilitate <br />recycling of these trees. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the extended pickup <br />program and are reminded to dig out any trees that have become buried so that crews do not <br />miss them. Weather permitting, crews will make two additional rounds of all four quadrants <br />within the city limits. Residents also have the option of dropping off their trees at designated <br />city parks. <br />Christmas Tree Recycling <br /> <br />1.Take natural trees to one of three designated City parks – RumVillage, <br />Pinhook, and Veteran’s Memorial Park <br /> <br /> <br />2.Place tree at curbside for automatic pickup. The City will continue making <br />rounds and residents may also call the Division of Streets at 235-9244 to <br />help facilitate collection. Trees should be placed at the curbline. Please do <br />not leave trees in the street or in alleys. <br /> <br /> <br />3.Please remove all lights, ornaments, and metal including tree stands and <br />nails. Artificial trees or trees containing glass or metal will not be collected. <br />All natural trees are recycled at South Bend’s Organic Resources facility. <br /> <br />- 30 - <br />