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Christmas tree recycling, Romanian style


This picture shows recycling on two levels.

First, some enterprising person stole the manhole cover—a common problem here in Romania—and likely took it to a recycling center to sell as scrap iron. That leaves those of us who drive with a problem: a deep hole in the middle of a narrow street.

The second type of putting something to a new use is Christmas tree recycling. Romanians have a way of recycling Christmas trees that I’ve never seen in the United States, but I’ve seen fairly often here. When a manhole cover is missing, the city doesn’t do anything about it sometimes for weeks, but local residents will put a tree or a large branch in the hole to warn motorists. Right now there is an abundance of discarded Christmas trees laying around, so there is no need to break a large branch off of a tree.

Grace and Peace

January 10, 2008 - Posted by | Environment, Romania


  1. What a great solution. Perhaps people could put the lights on the tree to warn people at night as well :)


    Comment by moon23 | January 10, 2008

  2. Ah, these posts really bring back the memories. Sad that it was that it was actually necessary, I always thought this Romanian way of marking road hazards was pretty ingenious.


    Comment by Kyralessa | January 11, 2008

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