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. “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 Johnson County:
•Lenexa: 913-982-3900, www.troop136.org
(Lenexa residents only)
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
913-971-9311 (Olathe residents only)
The agency also lists these dropoff services:
City of Edgerton yard waste drop-off site, 710 E. Nelson, 913-893-6231
Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd., 913-339-6700
: Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road, 913-339-6700
Little Mill Creek Park North, 7900 Cottonwood, 913-477-7557
Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, 913-888-4713
Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, 913-888-4713
Yard waste collection facility, 127th St. Hedge Lane, 913-971-9311
Arboretum Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., 913-895-6273
Youngs Park, 7701 Antioch, 913-895-6273
Quivira Park, 11901 Quivira, 913-895-6273
Indian Creek Recreation Center, 10308 Marty, 913-895-6273
Franklin Park, 4798 W 88th St., 913-381-6464
Porter Park, 4601 Tomahawk, 913-381-6464
Taliaferro Park, 2900 West 79th St. 913-381-6464
Yard waste drop-off site, 4800 Roe Parkway, 913-722-5435
Johnson County Landfill, 17955 Holiday Drive, 913-631-8181.
Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, 913-888-4713
For more information, go to www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.