And, it turns out getting rid of your tree doesn't mean you have to stop spreading the holiday spirit!
Don't just leave your Christmas tree by the curb and assume regular trash pick-up crews will get it. Instead, recycle it locally; it turns out Christmas trees make excellent mulch.
Bass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at the northwest end of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World parking lot directly behind the store at 1935 S. Campbell Ave. from December 26 to January 1 from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
The fee is $2 or more per tree donation. Boy Scouts will use the trees for fish habitats.
"For 25 years, we've been collecting the trees and putting them in area lakes for fish habitats,"
says Larry Whitely. "Conservation Department Corps of Engineers is very happy with it. They have areas marked where people can go and find the trees. It hopefully gets fish on them."
You'll want to remove all ice cycles, ornaments, and tree stand. No flocked trees will be accepted. Call (417) 873-5022 for more information.
Wickman's Gardens will accept trees at 1345 S. Fort Ave., in Springfield and at 10791 U.S. 60 in Monett through January 13, 2012. In Springfield, the hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday's hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"We provide the chipper and everything. If you want you can bring in your tree and 5 dollars and you can get a bucket of mulch to bring home with you," says Don McElhany.
In Monett, the hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The fee is $5 per tree at both locations.
Proceeds will be donated to The Kitchen. Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, which is available for free. You'll want to take your own container and remove all ice cycles, ornaments, and tree stand. No flocked trees will be accepted. For more information, call (417) 862-3707 in Springfield, or (417) 235-1112 in Monett. You can also visit http://www.wickmans.com
The Yardwaste Recycling Center in Springfield will accept Christmas trees all year. It's closed on January 1st. The regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It's closed on Sundays and Mondays. Donations are accepted.
The City says the brush recycling fee of $3 will be waived for Christmas trees through January 28, 2012. Otherwise, the $3 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.
You'll want to remove all ice cycles, ornaments and the tree stand. Call (417) 864-1904 for more information or go online: http://www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling
The more than 2 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field ten stories high. Half of all paper Americans buy each year is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. And if every family re-used just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon we saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.