BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Christmas tree that brings so much joy to local homes this holiday can also be put to good use later on. Trees can be recycled through a fundraiser held each year by the Ridge High School girls basketball team, or the Somerset County Park Commission.

Residents can support the team and also help the environment by arranging to have their trees picked up either on Sunday, Dec. 29 or Jan. 5 for a donation of $15 to the team. 

Those who wish to participate should email RidgeGirlsBasketball@gmail.com including your address and choice of pickup date. On the day of pickup, participants are asked to place their tree by the curb by 9 a.m. with a donation of $15 in an envelope marked "RGB."

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All trees will be turned into mulch to be used to maintain trails in the township.

Somerset County Park Commission accepting real Christmas trees through recycling

The Somerset County Park Commission also will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 through Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Somerset County residents may bring their tree to North Branch Park at the lighted baseball field, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, or to Colonial Park Gardens, 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. 

Each family is limited to one tree that must be dropped off free of all ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel. Only real trees will be accepted. 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, according to the county.

Trees will 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. 

For information, please call the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department at 908-722-1200, ext. 5721 or the Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing and/or speech impairment, Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. 

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org