Saturday, December 29, 2012
Did you have a real tree this year? Here's what you can do with it.
Have old holiday lights that no longer work? Maybe you switched colors or swapped old lights for LED ones? Whatever the reason, if you have lights that you're not hanging this year, they can be recycled. University City, area Walmarts and the Missouri History Museum are all participating in the St. Louis Green Holiday Light Recycling Drive. City hall has a drop off container in the basement level to collect your unwanted lights. Walmart will be collecting until Dec. 30 and city hall will collect until Jan. 13. The city will also be collecting Christmas trees from your front curb during the first two weeks of January. Trees should be placed next to your trash or recycling cart. Please do not place any trees in the alley or inside a trash …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Find out where and how you can recycle your tree.
Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or an artificial one? If it doesn't feel like Christmas to you without the scent of a real one you're not alone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that about 33 million real Christmas trees are sold each year. About 93 percent of those are recycled through more than 4000 tree-recycling programs throughout the United States. Keeping it real Advocates of using real Christmas trees, including Earth911, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment, point out that most trees sold at seasonal Christmas-tree lots are grown on farms, so forests aren’t being damaged when you purchase them. "Real trees top our charts for holiday adornment," writes Earth911's Lori Brown. "Even …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The National Christmas Tree Association, based in Chesterfield, offers advice for families cutting their own trees from local farms.
For the freshest Christmas tree possible, cut your own at a local tree farm. Heritage Valley Tree Farm The 75-acre family farm only accepts cash and checks. Trees include Canaan Fir and White Pine. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday after Thanksgiving and weekends until Christmas. Contact: 1668 Four Mile Road, Washington MO / 636-239-7479 Directions: Take I-44 west to exit 251/Washington (MO-HWY 100 West). Proceed 10 miles on MO-100 to Washington. From Washington, turn south (left at First Bank) on HWY/Route A and travel three miles to Four Mile Road. Go west for three miles on Four Mile Road to farm entrance. Do not turn onto North Four Mile Road, which dead-ends. Brushy Fork Pines Grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and kids run this …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Use our holiday light guide map to plan a night of family fun.
Each blue point on our holiday light guide map represents a particularly beautiful light display in the St. Louis region. Click on the blue points to find addresses, hours and details. As more parks, businesses and neighbors begin to deck the halls, send us your pictures of beautiful holiday light displays. We'll add them to the map so families can plan light-viewing outings. Send pictures, addresses and impressions of light displays to your local Patch or to Lindsay.Toler@patch.com. If you're on the road, tweet about it @StLouisLindsay.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Simple safety tips can help avoid holiday mishaps, tragedies.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Scott
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Fires related to holiday decorations don't happen often, said University City Fire Chief Don Miner. But when they do, the results can be tragic. A Christmas tree fire also is more likely to result in a death than most other fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA data shows that about 26o homes are damaged, there are 14 deaths and 26 injuries each year due to fires that start with Christmas trees. The annual price tag for damages totals an average of $13.8 million. Miner gave University City Patch some tips on how to avoid a Christmas tree conflagration.