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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

After the holidays have come and gone and you’re looking for an easy, economical and environmentally friendly way to discard that big ol’ Christmas tree, there are a handful of organizations that can help.

By Erin Gregory

Nov 2015

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CREATE A FISH HABITAT

Community members can help out their local Boy Scouts this year by taking their Christmas trees to Bass Pro Shops. In the Bass Pro parking lot on South Campbell Avenue, the Boy Scouts will place the discarded trees in semitrailers for the Department of Conservation to deliver to various fish habitats in the area. Trees must be stripped of décor and can be dropped off December 26 through January 1 from noon–6 p.m. Donations to the Boy Scouts are appreciated; for more information, call 417-883-1636. 

 

MAKE SOME MULCH

Get started on your landscaping early this year, and donate your tree at Wickman’s Garden Village. Wickman’s will take customers’ trees and grind them into mulch right on the property. “Typically we ask for a $5 donation to a local charity,” says Russell Aldredge, General Manager of Wickman’s. “We will accept trees after Christmas Day during our normal business hours, Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ornaments must be removed. If customers want to bring containers they can bring the mulch back with them.” For more information, visit
wickmans.com or call 417-862-3707. 

 

HELP WITH TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Shepherd of the Hills is taking Christmas trees again this year for recycling at the Fish Hatchery. “Starting December 26 and going until January 10, the public can drop off trees 24 hours a day,” says John Miller, Interpretive Center Manager. The specific location is across from the Hatchery Boat Ramp. Look for ‘Tree Recycling’ signs. If you need directions, go by the Hatchery Conservation Center (9 a.m.–5 p.m., 483 Hatchery Rd., Branson). Because these trees will be used for wildlife, be sure all decorations are removed. If you have three or more trees, please call the hatchery at 417-334-4865 extension 0 for disposal options.

 

GET CHIPPED

In the city of Joplin, live Christmas trees may be donated December 26 through January 31 at the following locations: Humphreys Park on Utica Street, the parking lot on the southwest corner in McIndoe Park at Glendale Road and Jackson Avenue, and the Public Works Center at 1301 W. 2nd St.  But be sure to remove all of your holiday décor before dropping them off. “Trees must be free of any decorations in order to be recycled,” says Mary Ann Phillips, recycling coordinator with the City of Joplin. Those interested in establishing fish habitats can pick up the discarded trees; the remaining are chipped up with other tree limbs, and the resulting wood chips are made available to the public. For more information, call
417-624-0820 extension 501.