Baltimore County sets new rules for Christmas tree disposal

LOCAL     How you can get rid of your Christmas tree for free     
       There are a few things you need to know though

The presents have been opened and the feast has been served, but now Christmas is over and the tree has to go.

Mauldin residents can drop off their trees at Springfield Park on Hyde Circle, and the city will take care of the rest.

Right now, both Whole Foods locations are taking Christmas trees for free until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Green trees will be collected curbside in unincorporated areas, as well as the municipalities of Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte and Westwego.

Locally, trees can be dropped off at Cabela's Outpost, 3395 Nell O'Bryan Court in Bowling Green; Barren River Lake Port Oliver boat ramp; Barren Outdoors, 2433 Scottsville Road south of Glasgow; and the Warren Southwest District Fisheries Office, 970 Bennett Lane in Bowling Green.

Residents with yard waste collection can set their trees, including live ones, at the curb by 6 a.m. on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day. Artificial trees should be placed out for bulk trash collection.

The City of Lafayette is offering a free curbside pickup for fresh Christmas trees into January.

Groot will collect Christmas trees at no charge on residents' normal collection day throughout the month, according to a news release from the village. According to the city's website, the trees are ground into mulch at the Twin Chimneys Landfill.

Plano: Live trees will be recycled into mulch if they are brought between before January 2 to one of several parks including Jack Carter Park at 2601 Pleasant Valley, Old Shepard Place Park at 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, Russell Creek Park at 3500 McDermott Road and Schell Park at 2100 Laurel Lane. It does, however, have several drop-off sites for recycling open until Jan 28. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 to 10 a.m. on Fridays.

As it has done for decades, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has drop-off locations around the state where trees - with all ornaments and lights removed - can be left.

Residents should place trees on top of the snow, and any tree buried under snow might not be collected.

If you live in an HOA or an incorporated town, check to see how and when curbside collection will be done. Many cities do not accept flocked trees at recycling facilities. For more information, call Whispering Pines at 864-288-7458.

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