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Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
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Here's how to recycle your Christmas tree to help protect wetlands

Here's how to recycle your Christmas tree to help protect wetlands

Vince Sykora of McHenry carries his Christmas tree after cutting it in 2015 at Moehling Christmas Tree Farm in Woodstock.

Dallas: The city recommends dropping real trees off to be recycled through January 6 at the McCommas Bluff Landfill at 5100 Youngblood Road or Northwest Transfer Station at 9500 Harry Hines Boulevard.

Christmas trees account for a large of amount of green waste this time of year - 185,000 trees in New Mexico alone - which is why officials are making it easy to "go green" for the holidays.

Drop off trees at Twin Lakes and Friendship boat ramps in SC, or at Big Oaks Recreation Area and Poplar Springs boat ramp in Georgia. Residents can take trees to the mulching facility center at the Arlington Landfill at 800 Mosier Valley Road and Collins Street from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday though Saturday.

"Live" Christmas trees with root balls and artificial trees can not be collected as yard trim.

Area residents with trash collection service from Scott Waste can simply leave the tree at curbside for pickup on normal service days.

Here's how to recycle your Christmas tree to help protect wetlands
Here's how to recycle your Christmas tree to help protect wetlands

The service began right after Christmas and will run on regular trash and recycling days. According to the city's website, the trees are ground into mulch at the Twin Chimneys Landfill. While Marraccini didn't have an exact count, he said "thousands" of former Christmas trees were dropped off previous year and used for fish habitats. Fridays and from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.

If you're taking down your Christmas decorations and you have a real tree you'd like to recycle, Chicagoans will have 25 places to take them again this winter.

Residents can also drop trees off from January 2 to 12 at the Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Fields at 1986 Park Ave. or the water tower off Alma Road near Gabe Nesbitt Park. It does, however, have several drop-off sites for recycling open until Jan 28.

If you live in an HOA or an incorporated town, check to see how and when curbside collection will be done. Before putting the trees on the curb, make sure to strip off any lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags. Call the city for more information.

Residents should place trees on top of the snow, and any tree buried under snow might not be collected. Many cities do not accept flocked trees at recycling facilities.

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