Houston Chronicle, Dec. 30, 2006 GALVESTON, Texas – Every year hundreds of Christmas trees collected from residents in Galveston avoid the landfill and are instead turned into mulch. Next spring the mulch will be placed in city gardens and parks to help hold moisture in and keep down weeds. Residents also can claim up to a pickup load of the mulch, said Gene Williamson, an assistant environmental services superintendent at Galveston's Public Works Department. The drive continues through Jan. 12. It is led by the Galveston Partners in Composting, which consists of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the city of Galveston and Moody Gardens.