Recycle Your Christmas Tree
There is life after Christmas for your tree.
So, Christmas is over and the tree has male pattern baldness and appears to be on the verge of losing the last of its dessicated pins. What to do?
The giving spirit can go on – with little effort, your tree can become compost to fertilize next year's growth.
The city trash collection will pick up your tree for mulching at University City's Garden Center.
The Department of Public Works says all you have to do is strip the tree of ornaments, tinsel and lights. Then put it out at your normal trash collection site the week of January 3rd or January 10th.
City workers will haul it off to make chips.
And, don't forget much of the wrapping paper and packaging for your presents can also be recycled.
If you can't wait to ditch the tree until next week, there's another option.
U City residents can take their bare Christmas tree to one of three City parks to be recycled.
Trees can be dropped off at:
Forest Park, Lower Muny Opera parking lot
O'Fallon Park, West Florissant and Holly, picnic grounds #4
Carondelet Park, Grand and Holly Hills, area between gate & recycling containers
Trees are being accepted now, until Jan. 14, 2011. The trees will be ground into mulch that will be free and made available at the same sites.
Fake or plastic trees and wreaths and pine roping will not be accepted.
City residents should not place Christmas trees in alley dumpsters or recycling containers. The Refuse Division will collect them as part of its regular monthly bulk pickup program.