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On Centre: Centre Region | Time to recycle your Christmas tree

Christmas is over, and it’s time to get rid of those Christmas trees.

From a cursory look around the Centre Region, more than a few homeowners had their trees out on the curb on Dec. 26.

But for most, those trees will be increasingly lining the curbs over the next couple of weeks.

In State College, collection of discarded trees will begin on Monday and will continue through Jan. 17. But in order for the trees to be recycled, residents must free their trees of lights, ornaments and tree stands, and the trees should be placed on the curb with the trunks facing the road. The trees will be chipped and mulched.

One hitch: If there is a snowstorm, the borough is asking that residents move the trees from the curb so they don’t get scooped or buried by snowplows.

Those wanting to keep their trees past Jan. 17 can call the public works department at 234-7135 to schedule regular Monday brush collection.

Advanced Disposal will collect Christmas trees for residents in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships at the curb for recycling on regular collection days from Monday through Jan. 10.

Likewise, trees should not be put in tree bags. After Jan. 10, the trees will be included in the normal pickup. Through early February, College Township crews will collect trees curbside for township residents.

Get certified

Do you want to become certified for the CERT? CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, and a 20-hour course over three sessions is being offered for free in the Centre Region.

The program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The courses are from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25. All three classes are at the Centre Region COG building, 2643 Gateway Drive, Suite 3, State College.

For more information, visit http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/frequently-asked-questions#whatiscert.

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