Going Green: Ongoing Drought Means More Trees Being Recycled

Published 06/05 2014 11:23AM

Updated 06/05 2014 09:55PM

Summertime is usually the Environmental Recycling Center's busiest season, but according to officials this past May was busier than normal.

"There is a lot more material coming in,” says Bob Ervin, Manager of the Abilene Environmental Recycling Center.

The mulch adds up over time, the pile is growing.

"So as you can see we got plenty of mulch. We try to get rid of it as much as we can, otherwise this whole place would be under mulch,” adds Ervin.

One after another people empty their trucks and get rid of their old trees. The more trees, the more it cost to run the chipper.

"I can tell by the cost of running our chipper. It's gone up. We just check them in there and see what they are bringing in,” says Ervin.

More trees also means more sales in mulch, offsetting the cost of the chipper.

"It will slow down maybe in November. It all average out,’ says Ervin.

Summertime is typically their busiest season.

"Just for the month of May we've had over 1,400 more customers. The drought has killed a lot of brush, it's killed a lot of trees,” mentions Ervin.

Even early in the morning the recycling center is busy. Some people bring their old trees from home, landscapers bring in the most material.

"Nobody wants dead trees and dead brush around their house, and of course people are getting them cut down and getting them out of their yards,” says Ervin.

Ervin says customers come from all over the Big Country to drop off their dead trees, not just here in Abilene, but throughout the Big Country.

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