Mark your calendars now for the Palm Coast holiday tradition that preserves the environment and beautifies our city - the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Event on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Recycle your Christmas tree and receive a free three-gallon evergreen tree in exchange (while supplies last) at the City's 11th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Event. The event will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Palm Coast Fuel Depot, 22 Utility Drive.

DVD and CD players, keyboards, old wires, cell phones and Christmas tree lights will also be accepted for recycling. No TVs, microwaves, or computer monitors, please.

This year there will also be a free paper-shredding service offered, so bring your old documents for professional shredding. Items that can be accepted include: staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks, expired credit cards, check books, folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic. Unacceptable items include: batteries, three-ring binders, binder clips, hard drives, X-rays and large amounts of metal/plastic. Shredded materials will be recycled, with the ink and color removed to produce new paper towels, tissues, etc.

All trees donated for recycling will be ground and used as mulch to beautify the parks and trails across Palm Coast. Residents should remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and ornaments from trees prior to donation.

"It helps the environment and saves the City and our residents money by us not having to purchase as much mulch for projects," said Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini. "There are residents who come out year after year for their free tree to plant in their yard."

For more information, contact Carol Mini at cjmini@palmcoastgov.com.