Metro-East News

Oh, Christmas tree, soon we must recycle thee

Take down the tinsel and separate the ornaments from the greenery, the Christmas tree has got to go. City-managed options in the metro-east include:

▪  Belleville: Remove all ornamentation and take to Bellevue Park, 401 Bellevue Park Drive; Ladermann Park, 1105 Mascoutah Avenue; or North End Park. 1204 North Douglas.

▪  Cahokia: Remove all ornamentation and take to Cahokia Park, to the corner soccer field.

▪  Edwardsville: Take live Christmas trees to the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road. Township Supervisor Frank Miles said the township will run the trees through a chipper to make the mulch used in the park. Trees will be accepted until Jan. 31 near the dumpster in the lower parking lot.

▪  Fairview Heights: Remove all ornamentation and take to Moody Park, at South Ruby Lane and Wilcox, just south of the recycling center.

▪  Freeburg: Remove all ornamentation and take to the old sewer plant on Kessler Road.

▪  Lebanon: Remove all ornamentation and take to 522 North Madison.

▪  Mascoutah, Mascoutah Township and Engelmann Township: Remove all ornamentation and take to the Green Waste Yard, 511 S. 10th St., Mascoutah.

▪  Millstadt: Remove all ornamentation and take to the Tuffy Mueth Park, off of West Gooding.

▪  O’Fallon: Residential curbside pick up only.

▪  St. Clair Township: Remove all ornamentation and take to Centennial Park on Illinois 161 in Swansea or Loop Creek Park, 410 Todd Lane, Belleville.

▪  Shiloh: Remove all ornamentation and take to 126 Seibert Road.

▪  Smithton: Remove all ornamentation and take to Village Park, 101 S. Main St., Smithton.

▪  Stookey Township: Remove all ornamentation and take to 313 Eiler Road.

▪  Sugarloaf Township: Remove all ornamentation and take to 240 South Fifth Street in Dupo.

▪  Swansea: Remove all ornamentation and take to Centennial Park on Illinois 161 in Swansea or to Melvin Price Memorial Park, 1500 Caseyville Ave, Swansea. Schranz Park (off Huntwood).

Other suggestions

▪  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be collecting used Christmas trees for placement in Carlyle Lake, to provide habitat for fish.

Trees will be collected through Jan. 30 at the Allen Branch boat ramp in Eldon Hazlet State Park, at the Little Prairie Nature Trail parking lot in the West Spillway area, and at Plant Land. For information, call 618-594-2484 or email carlylelake@usace.army.mil.

▪  Chip trees for backyard mulch.

▪  Place in the yard to provide cover for birds; consider keeping it in the tree stand and decorating with ornaments made of bird seed.

▪  Weight and place in ponds to provide fish habitat.

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