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Several options for Christmas tree recycling in the Ozarks

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Ozarkers are reminded that Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options that will keep you in good stead for recycling this year’s Christmas trees.

Here are some alternative if you don’t have a leaf and limb shredder, or didn’t purchased a balled tree to plant in your own spot. In Springfield, trees are not accepted at  either the Franklin and Lone Pine Avenue recycling centers, but are accepted at the Southwest Yard Waste Recycling Center (see below).

Christmas trees should be disposed of with the same care and stewardship you recycle other household materials. Or you can mulch them yourself.

Christmas trees should be disposed of with the same care and stewardship you recycle other household materials. Or you can mulch them yourself.

Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at the northwest end of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World parking lot directly behind the store at 1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2016
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily
Fee: $2 per tree donation; benefitting the Boy Scouts
Uses: Trees are used to provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and song birds.
Special Instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand and no flocked trees accepted.
For more information, contact: Larry Whiteley, 830-9023.

Wickman’s Gardens

Wickman’s will accept trees at 1345 S. Fort Ave., in Springfield and at 10791 U.S. Hwy. 60 in Monett.
Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 31, 2016
Hours: (Springfield) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Monett) Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Fee: $5 per tree at both locations; proceeds donated to The Kitchen
Uses: In Springfield, trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, available for free. Bring your own container. In Monet, Free bag of mulch is available equivalent to size of tree brought in.
Special instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand, plastic bags, and no flocked trees accepted.
For more information, contact: (Springfield) 862-3707; or (Monett) 235-1112 or visit: wickmans.com.

City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center

The Yardwaste Recycling Center will accept Christmas trees.
Directions: West on Sunshine (U.S. Hwy. 60); south on Farm Road 115; left on Farm Road 164. Follow signs to the Yardwaste Recycling Center.
Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 30, 2016. The Center will be closed on Jan. 1.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays.
Fees: Donations are accepted; the brush recycling fee of $4 will be waived for residential Christmas trees through Jan. 30, 2016; otherwise, the $4 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.
Special instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments and tree stand.
For more information, contact the Recycling Hotline, 864-1904; or visit springfieldmo.gov/recycling.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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