Thurman Strickland, left, and Keith Kelly of the Solid Waste Services Department prepare to load a discarded Christmas tree into a garbage compactor on Jan. 4, 2013 in Raleigh.
Thurman Strickland, left, and Keith Kelly of the Solid Waste Services Department prepare to load a discarded Christmas tree into a garbage compactor on Jan. 4, 2013 in Raleigh. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com
Thurman Strickland, left, and Keith Kelly of the Solid Waste Services Department prepare to load a discarded Christmas tree into a garbage compactor on Jan. 4, 2013 in Raleigh. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com