Holiday season

Recycling options for your Christmas trees this holiday season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Christmas tree is a centerpiece in people’s homes during the holidays.

However, Springfield Environmental Services reminds residents that when the holiday season is over, there may still be life left in your Christmas tree.

“Whether your family chooses a live or artificial Christmas tree, there are ways to make sustainable choices,” says Ashley Krug, sustainability and market development coordinator. “Our general advice is: if you’re going to live, buy local and recycle when you’re done. If you choose the man-made, plan to reuse it for as many years as possible and consider donating if it’s still in working order.

The following locations will accept live trees:

  • The City of Springfield Yard Waste Recycling Center (3790 South Farm Road 119, Brookline) will accept Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and other organic decorations between December 28 and January 29. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trees are not accepted at Franklin Avenue and Lone Pine recycling centers. Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, available for purchase at YRC and Lone Pine recycling centers. Don’t forget to remove all tree supports, decorations, wiring and twine. No flocked trees are accepted.
  • Bass Pro Shops will accept live trees at 1938 South Campbell Avenue, across from the main store entrance from December 26-30. A donation of $10 per tree is recommended, benefiting projects for the Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow. Trees will be used to provide structure and fish habitat at Table Rock Lake.
  • Hansen’s Greenwaste (3341 S. Farm Road 107, Brookline) will be accepting Christmas trees Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 27 through January 31. A fee of $5 per tree will apply.
  • Wickman’s Gardens (1345 S. Fort Avenue) will accept live Christmas trees starting Dec. 27 for a $5 donation. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation.

Options for artificial trees and garlands:

Artificial trees and holiday decorations in usable condition are accepted free of charge at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (2410 South Scenic Ave.) as well as the Missouri Council of the Blind Thrift Stores (2713 North Kansas Expy.) during normal office hours.

“Unfortunately, our community does not have a resource to recycle artificial trees at this time, so we urge people to maintain their trees and make an effort to use them for as many years as possible,” adds Krug. “Donating is another great option if the tree is in good working order.”

Trees in poor condition can be disposed of at the Springfield Sanitary Landfill.

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