The new year has begun, which means it's time to start tossing last year's Christmas trees.
Kraus says the tree branches and trunk can provide habitat, shelter wildflowers, hold moisture and help build the soil, mimicking what happens with dead trees and branches in a forest.
Collection site hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m., according to the Robeson County Solid Waste website.More news: Troops deployed across fire-hit Australia after horror weekend
The mulch produced by the operation will be used in local parks.
County residents have until January 18 to dispose of living Christmas trees at any of the county's 20 compaction sites, he said.
The city is asking residents in single-unit homes to set out trees for collection next to their usual waste area before 7 a.m. on January 9. Please only drop off live trees, no artificial trees will be accepted. Trees can be disposed of there at no cost.More news: Serena Williams eyeing Court’s slam record ahead of Australian Open
Residents who drop off trees are reminded that they must remove all decorations and stands from the trees prior to the drop-off.
Look for the Christmas tree symbol on your waste collection calendar to find out what day the city will pick up trees and yard waste in your neighbourhood.
There is no deadline for city curbside pickup. People are asked not to place their tree near apartment waste bins as they will not be picked up.More news: India captain Kohli opposes 4-day Tests