What to do with your tree after the holidays

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Options available for recycling Christmas trees

You have several good options in the Ozarks to recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays

You have several good options in the Ozarks to recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays

Residents of Springfield and the Ozarks may not realize it yet, but Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills.  Neither are trees accepted at the Franklin and Lone Pine Avenue recycling centers. There are several options are available for recycling this year’s trees and either way, you can help encourage both fishing and the environment. You are asked to carefully remove icicles and other decorations before recycling.

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, 2015.
Hours: Noon to 6pm 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 Garden Village
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, 2015.
Hours: (Springfield) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 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: Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, which is available for free. Bring your own container.
Special instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand, plastic bags, and no flocked trees accepted.
For more information, contact: 862-3707 (Springfield); or 235-1112 (Monett) or visit http://www.wickmans.com.

City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center
The Yardwaste Recycling Center accepts Christmas trees year round.
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: Year round. The Center will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2015.
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. 31, 2015; 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: Recycling Hotline, 864-1904; or visit http://www.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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