ST. LOUIS – When your colorful Christmas tree is once again bare and plain green, let it play a new role: free mulch for your landscaping.
Trees can be dropped off at these parks:
- Forest Park, at the lower Muny parking lot
- O’Fallon Park, at picnic grounds #4 near West Florissant and Holly avenues
- Carondelet Park, between the maintenance yard gate and the recycling bins near Grand Boulevard and Holly Hills Avenue
Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 12.
They will be ground into free mulch that can picked up at the same sites.
Wreaths and pine roping can’t be used; and, of course, no artificial trees will be accepted.
The trees have to be completely free of decorations – no ornaments, tinsel or lights, and no tree stand. Don’t wrap the tree or put it in a plastic bag.
Residents should not put Christmas trees in alley dumpsters or recycling bins, but trees can be put out for the regular monthly bulk pickup.
Recycling the trees keeps them out of landfills, reduces the work of pickups, and provides free mulch for new uses.
To recycle holiday lights, Washington University is running a Holiday Lights Recycling drive through Jan. 31. Collection bin locations and more information can be found here: https://sustainability.wustl.edu/holiday-light-recycling-drive/