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 banned from landfills in Missouri, 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. “It’s 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 Kansas City and in areas in Missouri south of the river:
• Belton: Lawn-Corps Curbside Recycling, 816-761-3046 (Missouri residents only)
• Grandview: Compost Connection Inc., 816-761-8300 (Missouri residents only)
• Kansas City, Mo.: Nature’s Rubbish, 816-444-4050 (Missouri residents only)
• Metro area: Town & Country Disposal provides free holiday tree pickup for all its residential curbside yard waste subscription customers for the two weeks following Christmas. This does not include Kansas City, Mo., customers. 816-380-5595
The agency also lists these dropoff services:
• Belton: Lawn-Corps Curbside Recycling, P.O. Box 482114, Kansas City, 816-761-3046
• Blue Springs: Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Road, 816-228-0137
· • Buckner: 2500 O’Donnell Road, 816-650-3191
• Harrisonville: Roll Off Services, 2801 S. Brickplant Road, 816-380-5566
• Harrisonville: Town & Country Disposal, 22820 S. Missouri 291, 816-380-5595
• Kansas City (North): 11660 N. Main St., 816-513-1313
• Kansas City (East Bottoms): 1815 N. Chouteau Trafficway, 816-513-1313
• Kansas City (Southeast): 10301 Raytown Road, 816-513-1313
• Kansas City (East): Missouri Organic Recycling, Inc., 7700 E. U.S. 40, 816-483-0908
• Kansas City (South): Suburban Lawn and Garden Yard Waste Recycling Center, 139th & Wyandotte streets, 816-941-2438
• Lee’s Summit: 2101 S.E. Hamblen Road, 816-969-1800.
• Sugar Creek: Courtney Ridge Recycling Center, 2001 N. Missouri 291, 816-257-7999
For more information, go to www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.