Free Christmas tree chipping offered by DOAG

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Christmas trees (file photo)

The Department of Agriculture (DOAG) has started its annual Christmas Tree Chipping Program.

According to DOAG, many people sometimes just burn their Christmas trees. DOAG warned that Guam is now in dry season and windy conditions can quickly spread fire embers.

“We are reminding the community that backyard burning is illegal without a permit,” DOAG warned.

Instead, DOAG offers the following options and information:

Where:

Residents may bring their Christmas trees to the warehouse parking lot diagonally across the street from the DOAG main building.

When:

Chipping Days:           January 7, 8, 11, and 12th
Chipping Hours:         8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (No trees will be accepted after 12:30 p.m.)
 
How – 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.

The trees will be fed into a wood chipper, then mulch piles will be screened, processed, and treated for invasive species.  Mulch will be available for pick while supplies last during chipping operations.

Other than engaging with your Department of Agriculture, Christmas trees and other yard waste may be disposed of at other locations, for a fee.

DOAG reminds residents to use tekken netting (fishing net) to cover any vegetation piled for mulch and sitting for long periods of time to prevent the growth and spread of rhino beetles.

Up to three households may mulch together without a permit.

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