City offers options for disposing of Christmas trees

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 | 1:42 p.m. CST
A Christmas tree was dropped off for recycling at the Parkside Mulch Site on Wednesday. Residents can dispose of unwanted Christmas trees at either of the city's two mulch sites, the Peabody Road landfill or left on the curb for normal pickup.

COLUMBIA — As the holidays come to an end, the city's Public Works Solid Waste Department offers several options for Columbia residents to recycle and dispose of live Christmas trees.

According to a news release, Columbia residents can simply set trees curbside on the normally scheduled trash pickup days until Jan. 31.

Trees left on the curb do not need to be cut into four foot lengths and do not need to be stripped of decorations.

Residents may also take live trees to either of the city's public mulch sites, at Parkside Drive or Capen Park, or to the compost facility and landfill at 5700 Peabody Road. In these cases, residents need to make sure that all decorations have been removed from the tree, the release said. There is no charge for composting trees.

Columbia residents can also recycle tree decorations and can take strings of lights to any Walmart until Sunday and place them in the bins at the entrance of any of the stores.

The city also asks residents to consider gifting ornaments and other decorations to someone who may be in need of those items.

Used artificial trees and wreaths should be disposed of in normal trash collection.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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