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Guaynabo recycles upwards of 1,100 Christmas trees

In the annual initiative’s 18th-straight edition, a total of 1,103 trees were recycled in Guaynabo.

By The Star Staff

Guaynabo Mayor Edward O’Neill Rosa announced on Tuesday the success of the recent municipal Christmas tree recycling initiative carried out by the Department of Recycling.

In the latest edition of the initiative, a total of 1,103 trees were recycled, thanks to the enthusiastic support of the community and the administration’s ongoing commitment to environmental preservation.

The tradition, which has been observed for 18 consecutive years, has proven to be a fundamental pillar in the environmental awareness of the residents of Guaynabo. Since 2007, the initiative has prevented Christmas trees from ending up at the transshipment plant, making way for a more sustainable and beneficial alternative for the community.

Recycled trees not only contribute to beautifying the city’s public gardens, but are also used as compost in La Marquesa Forest Park, thus strengthening biodiversity and the health of the natural environment.

O’Neill Rosa expressed his gratitude to the citizens and the Recycling and Beautification Program team for having exceeded the goal of 1,000 recycled trees.

“In our administration, we not only support the recycling of Christmas trees, but we have also strengthened this program, allocating more resources to raise citizen awareness about the impact on the planet by supporting recycling,” the mayor said in a press release.

To facilitate the participation of residents, collection centers equipped with a special shredder were set up to recycle the trees. In addition, a collection route was designed for homes to coincide with the recycling points. Four collection points were organized in different parts of the city, with dedicated staff and equipment to efficiently manage the operation, the mayor said.

“This joint effort reflects Guaynabo’s ongoing commitment to environmental preservation and citizen participation in building a sustainable City,” the press release said.

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