When you take down that Christmas tree or natural wreath, think about recycling it rather than tossing it out.
Like other yard waste materials, trees and greenery are discouraged from being deposited into Kansas landfills, the Mid-America Regional Council says.
Everyone in our region has access to natural holiday tree and greenery recycling, Matt Riggs, outreach coordinator for the MARC Solid Waste Management District, said in a news release. Its very important that residents remove all lights, decorations, plastic bags and stands from the trees and remove wire, hooks and frames from the greenery before recycling them.
Many recycling services are free, the agency said. MARC lists these pickup services in Johnson County:
• Lenexa: 913-982-3900, www.troop136.org (Lenexa residents only)
• Merriam: 913-322-5500 (Merriam residents only)
• Metro area: Town & Country Disposal provides free holiday tree pickup for its residential curbside yard waste subscription customers except Kansas City residents for the two weeks following Christmas, 816-380-5595
• Olathe: 913-971-9311 (Olathe residents only)
The agency also lists these dropoff services:
• Edgerton: City of Edgerton yard waste drop-off site, 710 E. Nelson, 913-893-6231
• Leawood: Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd., 913-339-6700
• Leawood: Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road, 913-339-6700
• Lenexa: Little Mill Creek Park North, 7900 Cottonwood, 913-477-7557
• Olathe: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, 913-888-4713
• Olathe: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, 913-888-4713
• Olathe: Yard waste collection facility, 127th St. & Hedge Lane, 913-971-9311
• Overland Park: Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., 913-895-6273
• Overland Park: Youngs Park, 7701 Antioch, 913-895-6273
• Overland Park: Quivira Park, 11901 Quivira, 913-895-6273
• Overland Park: Indian Creek Recreation Center, 10308 Marty, 913-895-6273
• Prairie Village: Franklin Park, 4798 W 88th St., 913-381-6464
• Prairie Village: Porter Park, 4601 Tomahawk, 913-381-6464
• Prairie Village: Taliaferro Park, 2900 West 79th St. 913-381-6464
• Roeland Park: Yard waste drop-off site, 4800 Roe Parkway, 913-722-5435
• Shawnee: Johnson County Landfill, 17955 Holiday Drive, 913-631-8181.
• Shawnee: Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, 913-888-4713
For more information, go to www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.