Ocean Pines Residents Urged to Recycle Dry Christmas Trees

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get rid of your Christmas tree safely. Dry trees can ignite a fire and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home in Ocean Pines. A report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals one of every 34 reported home-Christmas-tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires, NFPA warns.

Many locations in Worcester County, Maryland offer residents a chance to properly recycle their Christmas trees once the holidays are over. Folks in Ocean Pines, who are customers of Republic waste and recycling services, can dispose their trees at no charge. Republic will collect Christmas trees placed in one piece at the normal collection place for a two-week period following the Holiday.

All trees must be bare, meaning no tinsel, ornaments or lights left behind, before they can be recycled. We encouraged residents to check with their neighbors, especially the elderly, to see if they need help disposing of their Christmas trees. For people who lack curbside service, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the transfer station in Berlin along Flower Street or the Central Landfill until Jan. 10.

Once dropped off, the Christmas trees are transported to the Worcester County Landfill to be recycled in the mulching program.

Ocean Pines is a premier residential community nestled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Northern Worcester County. With over 9 miles of waterfront property on 3,000 acres of wooded areas, with amenities throughout the community including a beachfront property located 5 miles in Ocean City and on the Atlantic Ocean. Today, there are approximately 8,452 platted lots in the community with about 12,000 full-time residents and 8,000 part-time residents and associated guests living and participating in Ocean Pines. It also has restaurants, shops and extensive recreation facilities.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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