BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission already has begun recycling natural Christmas trees, to later be turned to be mulch that will be used in county parks, and will continue to accept them through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
Meanwhile, the Ridge High School girls basketball team is holding its annual fundraiser, and will pick up trees left at the bottom of residents' driveways between 9 a.m. to noon on two Sundays, Jan. 8 and 15.
Residents are asked to attach a donation of $10 (or $15 for trees over 8 feet tall) and put it in an envelope attached to the tree. Checks should be made payable to: RIDGE GIRLS BASKETBALL.
Please email Michelle Liddy at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a preferred date.
Where to recycle trees with Somerset County
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.- 4 p.m. seven days a week.
Each family is limited to only one tree that must be free of all ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel. Only natural trees will be accepted. Wreaths and garland will not be accepted. Deliveries from groups or dealers will be turned away.
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, call the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department at 732 873-2459, ext. 21 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment, Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.