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Youth recycling Christmas trees Saturday
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These used Christmas trees have been discarded illegally at the end of a street in Manteca. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Another Christmas has come and gone.

What’s left are those dried up, needle-shedding trees.

But those same Christmas trees can still be of benefit, in particular, to the Manteca Junior Buffaloes.

On Saturday, the non-profit youth football and cheer organization will be picking up trees for recycling purposes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Place your tree out in the gutter the night before or early that morning and they will pick it up,” said Rexie LeStrange, assistant superintendent-recycling for the City of Manteca’s Public Works / Solid Waste Division.

All lights and ornaments must be removed beforehand. Flocked trees will also be collected.

Plans call for the Christmas trees to be taken to the Forward Landfill — they’ll be chipped there and used as daily cover — or the Lovelace Transfer Station, where the trees will be chipped and made into compost.

The recycling effort will help support the Junior Buffaloes in purchasing uniform and equipment for the players and cheerleaders.

For those missing this date, LeStrange said the city’s Solid Waste Division will be picking up any trees left out in the streets on Jan. 5-9. Any other remaining trees can be taken to the Lovelace Transfer Station on Lovelace Road during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more call (209) 825-2358.

Information (contact Lisa at 239-8469) or donations to the youth football program can be made to: Manteca Junior Buffaloes, 165 Maple St., PO Box 11, Manteca CA, 95336.