Tired Christmas trees have an opportunity to turn over a new leaf at the Emmet County Compost Center. The Compost Center is accepting Christmas trees at no charge through January 31 again this year.
The center will chip the trees for mulch or process them into compost, a soil amendment treasured by home gardeners and landscapers. When the compost is finished, it will be available for sale at the Center. “Your tree will contribute to someone’s garden, helping the next generation of plants along,” explained Elisa Seltzer, Director of the county DPW.
All tinsel, stands, ornaments, and other decorations must be removed from the tree before it is dropped off. Artificial trees cannot be recycled, but will be accepted as garbage for $2.50 per 30-gallon bag at the Drop-off Center’s Waste Transfer Station.
The Compost Center is a part of the larger Emmet County Pleasantview Drop-off Center (DoC). The facility is located at 7363 Pleasantview Road—just one mile north of M-119. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The DoC will be closed on New Year’s Day. Ordinarily, fees for dropping off brush are 50¢ per 30-gallon bag or $4 per cubic yard.