Used Christmas trees can be recycled

Posted December 27, 2017

However, Christmas trees can build up sap that can be risky to burn indoors, and creosote that these trees produce isn't good for chimneys or exhausts.

The felling, transporting and displaying of evergreen trees has been a Winter holiday tradition in the northern hemisphere for centuries, and nowhere is this Christmas convulsion as popular as in the United States, where Americans will drop over $1 billion this year to brighten their homes with the sweet scent of pine boughs.

- Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that residents may begin to bring their Christmas Trees for recycling starting Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have trees set out no later than Saturday, Jan. 20, to ensure collection.

In Douglas County you can drop your trees off at Bayou Gulch, Challenger Regional Park, Fairgrounds Regional Park, and Highland Heritage Regional Park.

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Officials say the submerged trees act as fish attractors and improve fishing habitat.

Local municipalities and businesses are also encouraged to call the IDNR office to donate collected or unsold trees. No flocked trees will be accepted.

The time has come to part ways with the attractive family Christmas tree.

The trees will help fuel the "Spontaneous Combustion bonfire" being held on January 20.

Aurora asking everyone remove all nails, decorations and tree stands before recycling. The convenience Centers will accept Christmas trees during this time also, however, there is a $5.00 charge per tree.

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