(KTVI) - When it's time to take down that Christmas tree, you can make several choices on how to dispose of it. Some municipalities turn trees into mulch, others use some for fish habitats in bodies of water.
Always remember to prepare your tree fro recycling:
- Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stand.
- Do not put the tree in a plastic bag or cover it.
- Wreaths and pine roping are not accepted at most sites.
Here are some of the St. Louis area locations for recycling your tree.
St. Louis County
The county recommends using your waste hauling company to dispose of your tree, just as you would any other yard waste. Some municipalities have special areas for Christmas trees.
Get complete details here: http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/RecyclingandSolidWaste/WasteDisposal/TypesofWaste
You also might like to view the holiday recycling guide (PDF): http://www.ucitymo.org/documentcenter/view/1596
Bee Tree Park
After the holidays, don’t throw your natural tree away! We will be accepting Christmas trees at Bee Tree Park - at the lake parking lot to be used by Missouri Department of Conservation for fish habitat in the lake. Signs will be posted.
Find out more: http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ParkPages/BeeTree
After the holidays, don’t throw your natural tree away! We will be accepting Christmas trees at Creve Coeur Park - Sailboat Cove to be used by Missouri Department of Conservation for fish habitat in the lake. Signs will be posted.Find out more: http://www.stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation/parkpages/crevecoeur
After the holidays, don’t throw your natural tree away! We will be accepting Christmas trees at Spanish Lake Park - O'Mara shelter parking lot to be used by Missouri Department of Conservation for fish habitat in the lake. Signs will be posted.
Find out more: http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ParkPages/SpanishLake
Christmas trees will be collected during the week of January 6, 2014 and January 13, 2014. Trees without decorations should be left at your front curb for collection on your regular trash and recycling day.
Find out more: http://www.ucitymo.org/index.aspx?nid=112
St. Louis City
Full details: https://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/street/refuse/resident-dumping/christmas-trees-recycling.cfm
Trees can be dropped off at the following three park locations:
- 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
St. Charles County
Trees are accepted at these park sites:
Laurel Park (upper parking lot), off McClay Road
St. Peters Golf & Recreation Center, 200A Salt Lick Road
St. Peters Earth Centre, 115 Ecology Drive
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday thru Saturday, Dec. 28 to Jan. 18
Progress Park (parking lot), 968 Meyer Road
Open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18
Civic Park (upper parking lot), 400 Civic Park Drive
O’Fallon Sports Park, 3589 Highway K
Locations open from dawn to dusk, Dec. 26 to Jan. 13
Lake Saint Louis
Founders Park, 7 Freymuth Road
Open during daylight hours, Dec. 26 to Jan. 13
St. Charles County
Recycle Works Central, 60 Triad South (St. Charles)
Recycle Works West, 2110 East Pitman Avenue (Wentzville)
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Dec. 26 to Jan. 22
Quail Ridge Park (Group Picnic Area), 5501 Quail Ridge Parkway (Wentzville)
Open 7 a.m. to sunset, Dec. 26 to Jan. 22
For more information about St. Charles County recycling programs,please call 636-949-1800 or visit http://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/AboutStCharles/PressReleases/2013/StCharlesCountyOffersChristmasTreeRecycling/tabid/1134/Default.aspx.
St. Louis County/St. Charles County
Complete details: http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-seeks-recycled-christmas-trees-st-louis-area-benefit-fish-and-anglers
St. Clair County
Residents can recycle their trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 at:
Bellevue Park, 401 Bellevue Park Drive; Ladermann Park, 1105 Mascoutah Avenue; North End Park, 1204 N. Douglas.
Cahokia Park at the corner soccer field.
Moody Park at South Ruby Lane and Wilcox. Place trees south of the recycling center.
The old sewer plant on Kessler Road.
533 N. Madison at the corner of Summerfield Street and Illinois 4.
Mascoutah Township and Engelmann Township: Green Waste Yard at South 10th Street.
200 block of North Main Street off West Gooding at Tuffy Meuth Park.
Residential curbside pickup only.
St. Clair Township
Centennial Park off Illinois 161
142 Siebert Road.
Stookey Township Property, 313 Eiler Road.
240 S. Fifth St. Rear in Dupo.
Centennial Park parking lot on Highway 161; Melvin Price Park next to the maintenance building, Schranz Park off Huntwood Road and Honeysuckle.
Old boxes and wrapping paper can be recycled in the curbside blue bins or nearest recycling station in Madison County. There are seven recycling sites countywide.
For more information about Christmas tree recycling or any other recycling questions, call 296-6647 or go to www.madisoncountyrecycles.com.
Madison County residents can take their Christmas trees to any one of the free drop-off sites listed, where they will be chipped and made into reusable mulch by area township or public works departments. The accumulated mulch, which makes excellent insulator or groundcover, will be used in parks programs or offered to residents free of charge.
Residents can drop off trees at:
Maintenance shed at 421 Elm St.
Milton Park at the south end of Aberdeen; Northside Park at 201 Rozier and Salu Park on Washington Avenue.
Contact public works department for curbside pickup at 377-8013.
Collinsville Township Highway Garage, 1407 N. Bluff Road; Collinsville Public Works Garage on Illinois 159.; Collinsville Sports Complex in the gravel parking lot at 198 Complex Drive and at Woodland Park maintenance garage on Oliver Drive.
Chouteau Township Highway Garage at 906 Thorngate Drive in Granite City.
Winston Brown Recreational Complex at the west end of the parking lot at 1325 Schiller Ave. and at Robert Stille Township Park at 6364 Center Grove Road.
Citizens Park on Danzer Street.
Village of Godfrey Street Department at 6212 Godfrey Road.
Granite City Parks Department at the 29th Street turn-around
Helvetia Township Highway Department, 12466 Buckeye Road in Highland.
Pin Oak Township Highway Department at 3702 Tosovsky Lane/Interstate 55 and Illinois 143, Edwardsville.
Saline Township Highway Garage on Sportsmen Road in Highland.
1566 Old State Route 4, one mile west of town on Ellis Road.
Tri-Township Park at 409 Collinsville Road in Troy.
Eagle Park at 208 Watson in Madison.
City garage near the water tower at Illinois 143 and 14th Street. Curbside pickup, call 259-2490 to schedule.