Orange is the New Green: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

In OCBC’s regular Orange is the New Green feature, Waste Management of Orange Countyhas been previously highlighted for their sustainability efforts. But as the holiday season ends, another aspect of Waste Management OC’s commitment to environmental sustainability deserves to be shared.

Most families don’t think twice about putting their old Christmas trees out on the curb, but Waste Management has thought long and hard about what to do with these trees. As reported by the OC Register’s Bill Johnson, between December 26 and January 18, Waste Management in Irvine collects about 500 trees each day, which is about 10,000 Christmas trees total. The trees are taken to the Irvine dump site, where other trash and recyclables are sorted out, and within 48 hours, pine-y remains are taken to Irvine’s Tierra Verde Industries recycling grounds, where they are turned into mulch.

Waste Management’s initiative in disposing of Christmas trees adds to its track record of environmental protection leadership. Waste Management of Orange County is committed to lessening their carbon footprint on the environment with their industry leading Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet of trucks. These vehicles produce almost half of the emissions that federal guidelines allow; making Waste Management’s hauling vehicles among the cleanest fleets of heavy-duty trucks in the United States. Their fleet of 54 clean-burning trucks is equivalent to taking over 4,000 trucks of the road each day, and allows not only Waste Management to be an environmental steward, but also enables the cities they serve to go green as well.For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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