"Treecycling" helps provide fish habitats in local lakes, mulch, other animal habitats and more. Whether you are ready to give your Christmas tree a new life immediately following Christmas, or plan to wait until after the New Year, these area communities offer disposal services. As a general rule, used live Christmas trees should first be stripped of bags and any decorations such as garland, lights and ornaments.
Visit these sites for information on Christmas tree recycling collection sites:
Missouri Department of Conservation:
Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting recycled Christmas trees at Lake 33 on the August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles, and in St. Louis County at Blackjack Lake at the North County Recreational Complex and Spanish Lake Park.
Jefferson County offers a variety of drop-off locations throughout the county. Christmas treecycling will be offered from Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 16, 2017.
City of St. Charles:
Residents in the City of St. Charles have the opportunity for free curbside pick-up of live Christmas trees. Collection will be taken on regularly scheduled yard waste days during the first two weeks of January. Note: Any tree over 6 feet tall must be cut in half before placing curbside.
St. Charles County:
In addition to St. Charles County, the cities of St. Peters, Wentzville, O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis cities will have free collection sites within the respective communities.
St. Clair County, Illinois:
Over 13 municipalities and townships within St. Clair County are offering some form of tree recycling. Most will collect untl Jan. 31, 2017.
City of St. Louis:
Forest Park, O'Fallon Park and Carondelet Park will have drop-off sites for bare Christmas trees through Jan. 13, 2017. Recycled trees will be ground up into mulch. The mulch will be available for free at the same sites.
Another option for St. Louis City residents is scheduling pick-up of their live Christmas tree during the city's regular monthly bulk waste program.
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