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      Christmas tree grinding offered in Columbia area

      The service is available starting Wednesday and runs through Jan. 10.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Christmas trees can now go from being a beautiful holiday decoration to useful mulch.

      Keep the Midlands Beautiful is offering "Grinding of the Greens" at a variety of locations throughout Richland and Lexington Counties.

      The service is available starting Wednesday and runs through Jan. 10. Organizers say the tree stand and all ornaments and lights must be removed. Wreaths and other greenery will not be accepted.

      For a complete list of drop-off locations and other inquiries, please call (803) 733-1139 or visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org.

      Free mulch from the recycled Christmas trees will be available to the public on Jan. 12.