Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling

Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling

CITY HALL – The beauty of a real Christmas tree can live on for years to come if it is recycled to help the environment.

The city is offering free Christmas tree recycling again this year. Beginning Saturday, residents can take their trees (stripped of their decorations) to any of three drop-off locations at the following city parks:

  • Forest Park – lower Muny parking lot
  • O’Fallon Park YMCA – southwest corner of parking lot
  • Carondelet Park – between maintenance yard gate & recycling area at Grand & Holly Hills

The trees will be accepted through Jan. 10.

The Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department will grind the trees into mulch that can be picked up for free at the same three locations.

Only the natural, bare tree can be used, the parks department warns on the city’s website:

“Please note that artificial and/or plastic Christmas trees, in addition to wreaths and pine roping, will NOT be accepted. You also need to make sure your tree is completely bare, meaning no tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, lights, or any other decorations. Do NOT put your tree in a plastic bag or cover it.”

The city’s trash workers ask residents and businesses to please NOT put Christmas trees in dumpsters or recycling containers. Any trees that don’t get recycled will be collected as part of each neighborhood’s monthly bulk pickup.

Recycling Christmas trees not only saves landfill space, it returns valuable natural resources to the earth. As mulch, its nutrients can be reabsorbed into the soil to help new plants grow, and help block the absorption of potentially harmful substances.

Mulch worked into soil can keep it from getting dense and compacted, letting it “breathe.” And mulch insulates bushes and trees against St. Louis winters’ wild temperature swings.

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