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14 tons of trees were recycled

Dear Editor,

The 2017-2018 Christmas Tree Recycling Program was a great success.

There were approximately 550 trees that were chipped in Ogle County this year, which is about 14 tons of waste diverted from the landfill and a modest increase from 2016-2017 totals.

About 14,900 trees have been recycled since the beginning of the program in the winter of 1998-1999, which is about 373 tons of trees that were kept out of the landfill.

Drop offs were located in seven communities.

In addition, high school FFA organizations from Byron, Oregon, Polo and Forreston volunteered their time on Jan. 6 and picked up trees at the curb in nine communities.

The FFA students delivered the trees to the chipping sites where the trees were chipped into mulch.

Free mulch is available for county residents at some of the drop-off locations.

If interested in obtaining mulch, please call the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020.

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department wishes to thank the following groups for their contribution to the Ogle County Christmas Tree Recycling Program: The City of Byron, Byron High School FFA, Lichty’s Landscaping Service, Village of Forreston, Forreston High School FFA, Village of Leaf River, Oregon Park District, Oregon High School FFA, Flagg-Rochelle Park District, City of Rochelle, Polo High School FFA and Morgan’s Tree Service.


Paul Cooney

Solid Waste Management Specialist, Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

Bake sale was

a success

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank everyone for the great response we received when we asked for donations for the Let Freedom Ring Bake Sale that was held at the Mt. Morris Moose on Feb.3 during the February Finds Market.

Thank you to each and everyone of you that donated and also to those who purchased goodies from our sale!

Our sale was a big success this year all thanks to you!

Thank you so much,

Chris Weller

Mt. Morris

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