Trees on hire

Published: Sunday 15 January 2006

-- Christmas USA
This Christmas, San Francisco residents can enjoy a guilt-free festive season. Instead of dumping chopped trees on the curb after a few weeks of pleasure, residents can rent potted plants, which will be taken away by the city authorities later and planted.

Environmentalists have long complained about the blatant wastage of precious natural resources in the form of Christmas trees, every year. Hundreds of these discarded trees also clog landfill sites and artificial trees contain lead and other harmful chemicals, which also end up in landfills.

San Fransisco city authorities have launched the live rental program this month. Although they are not selling the usual full-bodied evergreens, they have received a welcome response from the citizens.

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