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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Christmas trees can now go from being a beautiful holiday decoration to useful mulch.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is offering "Grinding of the Greens" at a variety of locations throughout Richland and Lexington Counties.

The service is available starting Thursday and runs through Jan. 9. Organizers say the tree stand and all ornaments and lights must be removed. Wreaths and other greenery will not be accepted.

Trees can be dropped off at 25 sites. For more information, please call (803) 733-1139 or visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org.

Free mulch from the recycled Christmas trees will be available to the public on Jan. 11.

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations

•Ball Park Road- 301 Ball Park Road, Lexington. M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Bush River Road-6109 Bush River Road, Columbia. M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Caughman Road Park-2800 Trotter Road, Columbia. M-F 2-9PM, Sat 9AM-8PM, Sun 1-6PM.

•Chapin- 103 Distant Lane, Chapin. M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•City of Columbia Compost Facility -121 Humane Lane, Columbia. (off Shop Road across from the SPCA). Open M-F, 8:30AM- 4PM

•Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development-900 Clemson Road, Columbia.

•Crooked Creek Park - 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. 7:30AM-11PM.

•Edmund Landfill- 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington. Mon - Sat 7AM-4:30 PM

•Friarsgate Park - 1712 Chadford Rd., Irmo. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9AM-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM.

•Forest Lake Park - 6820 Wedgefield Rd., Columbia. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9AM-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM.

•Fort Jackson Recycling Center - Building #5671 on Lee Road, Fort Jackson, SC. (Enter the Fort through Gate 2 on Forest Drive. After Burger King, turn left onto Lee Road.) Mon - Fri 7AM - 3PM and Sat 8:30AM - 3:30PM.

•Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport - 110 McSwain Drive, West Columbia.

•Hollow Creek Tree Farm - 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert. (www.hollowcreektreefarm.com).

•Hollow Creek- 125 Beulah Church Rd, Gilbert. M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Leesville- 702 South Lee St, Leesville M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Lower Richland Drop-Off Site- 10531Garners Ferry Road, Columbia M-Sat 8AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM

•Polo Road Park - 730 Polo Road, Columbia 29223. M-F 2-9 PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM

•Richland Co. C&D Landfill - 1070 Caughman Road North, Columbia 29203 (off Monticello). Open M-F 7 AM - 4:30 PM, Sat 7 AM - noon

•Richland County Adult Activity Center-7494 Parklane Rd, Columbia. Open M-Th 8AM- 8PM, Fri 8AM- 7PM

•River Chase-110 River Chase Way, Lexington M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Sandhills Collection Center-3241 Charleston Hwy. Cayce M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church - 5508 Sunset Blvd. (Highway 378), Lexington

•Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia (near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads)

•South Carolina State Farmers Market - 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia


•Southeast Collection Center-538 Martin Neese Rd, Swansea M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM

•St. Andrews Park- 920 Beatty Rd, Columbia 29210. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 2 -9 PM, Sat 9 AM-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM

Free Christmas Tree Mulch

Free mulch made from the recycled trees will be available to the public at the following two locations on SATURDAY, January 12, 2013 from 9 AM until the mulch runs out:

•Seven Oaks Park - 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 (near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads).

•South Carolina State Farmers Market - 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, SC 29172.

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