The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has reaped about 110 cubic yards of mulch material from chipping Christmas trees discarded by Lawrence residents, said Fred DeVictor, director of the department.
The mulch will be used as ground cover for city landscaping projects, such as park trails or plant beds around city buildings.
DeVictor said he thought this was the most Christmas tree mulch the city had produced in years. One cubic yard of material is enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck.
The city had chipped about 75 cubic yards worth every year for the last three or four years, he reported before Christmas.
Recycling the trees also helps the sanitation department because it saves space in city garbage trucks and landfills, DeVictor said.
Lawrence residents dropped off the trees between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6 at four sites across the city. DeVictor said he didn't know the total number of trees chipped.