Now that the holiday season has come to a close, the Department of Agriculture is urging island residents to safely dispose of their Christmas trees by bringing their trees to the department’s central office on Dairy Road in Mangilao to be chipped.
Residents should bring their trees to the warehouse parking lot diagonally across the street from the Department of Agriculture’s main building.
Chipping hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. today, Monday January 6th and on Thursday, January 9th through Saturday January 11th.
No more trees will be accepted after 2:00 p.m. each day to allow the team to chip and secure the site for the evening to prevent damage or vandalism to equipment and the mulch supply.
The trees will be fed into a wood chipper and community members will be able to collect mulch once the piles have been screened, processed and treated for invasive species.
Mulch will be available for pick-up every half-hour starting at 9:30 a.m. while the supply lasts. Pickup will end at 2 p.m. each day the chipping service is provided.
Requirements for the Christmas Tree Drop:
1. Trees must be completely clean and free of ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. or they will not be accepted.
2. Mulch may be collected for personal purposes ONLY and not to be sold
3. Residents who want to collect mulch will need to bring their own bag and shovel to collect and remove mulch.
Two options are available:
1) Drop off your trees to be chipped and leave happy
2) Drop off your trees to be chipped, wait 30 minutes for trees to be tested and treated for invasive species, then pick up chips for mulch.