When the holidays are over, and it’s time for natural holiday trees, wreaths and garlands to come down, give them a second life by recycling.
“For Edgerton residents wishing to get rid of their Christmas tree, they may set it out at the curb on our regular collection day (Wednesday) through Jan. 31,” according to Beth Linn, city administrator. “Gardner Disposal will pick it up free of charge. It will get collected with yard waste, so residents do not need to call it in or cut it any smaller.” Residents with questions can call City Hall at 913 893 6231.
Jeff Stewart, Gardner parks director, said there are several sites available within the county for tree disposal.
“To my knowledge, there are no drop off points within the city limits of Gardner,” Stewart said. “But the county has several.”
According to the county website, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be accepting post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees at three locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31. Collection sites are:
the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee,
the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, and
the north side of the parking lot at the Marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.
Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.
In 2014, between 4,000 and 5,000 trees were “recycled.” Some of the trees will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.
No yard waste will be accepted – only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations; particularly “icicles” and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic, or aluminum.
There is no charge for the disposal of trees and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, call the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713.
Recyclespot.org provides additional tree collection information
Visit www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326 for a list of locations throughout the metro area that will recycle your trees and greenery. Most services are free.
Like other yard waste materials, holiday trees and greenery are banned from landfills in Missouri, and Kansas landfills discourage them. Area communities offer residents a number of ways to recycle natural decorations that not only keep these materials out of landfills, but also put them to good use for a variety of purposes, including trail surfaces, erosion control, landscaping, and fish habitat in local lakes.
“All residents in the Kansas City metro area can recycle their natural holiday trees and greenery, either at a drop-off location or through curbside pickup if their community offers that service,” says Matt Riggs, outreach coordinator for the MARC Solid Waste Management District. “Many of the drop-off locations are open for up to a month after the holidays, so there are plenty of opportunities to recycle your holiday tree and greenery.”
For more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for the holidays, visit www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.
See below for detailed listing of tree recycling services in the Kansas City region. The list is also available online at www.RecycleSpot.org.
Following is a list of holiday tree and greenery recycling services in the metro area. If your community is not listed, contact your city hall or trash hauler to find out what services are available.
Pick-Up Services
Before placing trees and greenery at the curb, check with your trash hauler to find out if they offer curbside service and if there is a fee.
Other pickup services may include:
Miami County Recycling Center — 23765 W. 327th St., Paola, Kansas, 913-294-2674.
Olathe — Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, Kansas, 913-888-4713.
Olathe — Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Kansas, 913-888-4713.