Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Christmas Trees Turn Landfill into Habitat

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Christmas Trees Turn Landfill into Habitat

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The Associated Press

LAWRENCE -- The city of Lawrence is using its Christmas trees to provide a habitat for wildlife where an old landfill used to sit.

The city's Christmas tree recycling program began in the early 1990s, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

As many as 50,000 trees have been saved from the city's new landfill and brought to the site, according to Craig Pruett, operations supervisor for the city's solid waste division.

"They don't weight a lot, but do take up space," Pruett said. "It's just one less thing that is going to the landfill."

The old landfill was abandoned decades ago and is located in what is now Riverfront Park near the Kansas River.

Pruett said trees are deposited into rows to create a wildlife habitat. …

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