Recycle your old Christmas tree and promote new life in local lakes

Edwardsville Township collecting Christmas trees

People are asked to remove anything that isn't natural from the tree, including lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails and tree stands.

Christmas is over. So, what should you do with your live Christmas tree? Some nonorganic materials can ruin a chipping machine. If kept properly watered and taken care of, a live tree can last through the holiday season, but eventually it will begin to dry out and die.

In Portland, there are no additional frees for trees cut and put in the green compost roll cart with the lid closed and placed at the curb on the regularly scheduled pickup day. Flocked trees are not accepted. "Our Christmas tree recycling program is a way for residents to safely dispose of their Christmas trees and gives the township a source of much-needed mulch". Most groups only accept nonflocked trees. Trees can only be habitats for land bound critters either; trees sunk into ponds or lakes can provide habitats for fish.


If you are in the mountains, you can also drop off your tree in Frisco at the Frisco Bay Marina dirt lot at the corner of Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 and Marina Road. through January 20 at 4 p.m.

For those who would like to keep their tree, prop it up in your backyard where it will serve as shelter for birds and animals during the winter months.

Turn it into a trellis: Move the tree to a corner of your yard and in the spring set it up in your garden as a trellis for peas or beans. Shortly after the City's curbside pick-up, the County and City Parks & Recreation crews will team up to chip an estimated 2200 trees at Darden Towe Park.

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