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Christmas trees lined Farmington streets this week, waiting to be chopped up and turned to mulch.

A second life for Christmas trees


The presents have been opened, and the Christmas tree has lost some of its attraction. The ornaments have come down. Ornaments the packed up and put away.

Artificial trees can be stored in the basement, but have you ever wondered what happens to those real trees?

Tree recycling

Around Farmington, at least, Christmas trees are recycled. The tree recycling program has been in place for about 20 years, and is available for all city residents.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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