How to Recycle Your (Real) Christmas Tree in St. Louis City


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Last week, cutting down a tree and keeping it in your living room made you normal. This week, it just makes you weird.

Ditch your used Christmas tree (the live ones, not those plastic wannabes) in one of three St. Louis city parks: Forest Park, O'Fallon Park or Carondelet Park.

"We want to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees," says Greg Hayes, forestry commissioner. "Locations in the north, south and central areas of the city were chosen to ensure that our recycling sites are as convenient as possible."

If you drop off your tree before January 9, the city will grind it into free mulch. But first, make sure you strip it of all ornaments, tinsel, lights and whatever else you use for Christmas decorations. And leave your tree stand at home.

See also: We Know What You Should Do With Your Christmas Tree Now

To recycle your tree, drop it off in the lower Muny Opera parking lot in Forest Park, at the picnic grounds at West Florissant and Holly avenues in O'Fallon Park or in Carondelet Park at Grand Drive and Holly Hills between the gate and the recycling containers.

No fake trees, plastic trees or plastic-wrapped real trees are allowed. Wreaths and pine roping are also not accepted.

Want to dump your tree in your dumpster or recycling bin? Don't. The city's refuse division will collect them as part of the regular monthly bulk pickup program.

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