BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Thanks to the Somerset County Park Commission, Somerset County residents will have an opportunity to recycle holiday trees for free at two locations, starting this weekend and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 31. 

Somerset County residents may drop off their natural (real) trees to North Branch Park, at the lighted baseball field, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, or to Colonial Park, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township Both facilities will accept trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. 

Trees to be turned into wood chip mulch

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Each year, the park commission accepts the trees to be chipped into wood chip mulch which will be used throughout the park system to mulch plantings. Some chips/mulch will be made available to the public at each of the drop-off sites at no cost. 

Each family is limited to dropping only one tree that must be free of all ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel. Only natural trees will be accepted.

Wreaths and garlands cannot be recycled

Wreaths and garland will not be accepted as these items cannot be recycled. Deliveries from groups or dealers will be rejected. Following these guidelines is necessary to maintain a manageable recycling program.

For information, call the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department at 732 873-2459, ext. 21or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment, Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at