Recycling Center Invites Residents to Responsibly Dispose of Christmas Trees

Don't be one of "those people" who make their tree someone else's problem (stock image).

As the holiday season comes to a close, residents of Excelsior Springs are urged to dispose of their live Christmas trees responsibly. The Excelsior Springs Recycling Center, located at 1290 Marietta St., offers a tree disposal service for locals from December 26 to January 31.

Improper disposal of Christmas trees, such as dumping them in ditches or other unauthorized areas, is environmentally harmful and disregards community standards and local regulations. Such actions can lead to environmental degradation and can spoil the natural beauty of our surroundings. The Recycling Center provides a free, lawful, and eco-friendly option for disposal.

Make sure you've removed all decorations from the tree to ensure they don't damage equipment (stock image).

Before you drop off your tree, remove all decorations, lights, tinsel, and ornaments to ensure a smooth recycling process. Trees should be free of any plastic or non-biodegradable materials. This step is vital as it allows the tree to be properly composted or transformed into mulch.

The recycling of Christmas trees has several benefits. By diverting trees from landfills, it minimizes the needless consumption of landfill space. Composting these trees enriches the soil, thereby fostering healthier plant development. Also, using chipped Christmas trees as mulch aids in maintaining soil moisture and helps control weeds in gardens and landscapes.

Put your trees in the bin clearly marked "XMAS TREES" (photo S Jason Cole).

Responsibly disposing of Christmas trees reflects our community’s commitment to the environment and civic pride. By choosing to recycle, residents of Excelsior Springs not only contribute to ecological sustainability but also set an example of responsibility. It’s a step towards maintaining the cleanliness and beauty of our local environment.

Excelsior Springs Recycling Center
1290 Marietta St., Excelsior Springs, MO
December 26, 2023, to January 31, 2024

Excelsior Springs Recycling Center is open 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday (photo S Jason Cole).

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