Recycle Christmas Trees at Three City of St. Louis Parks

Forest Park, O'Fallon Park, Carondelet Park Accepting Bare Christmas Trees

December 26, 2017 | 2 min reading time

This article is 7 years old. It was published on December 26, 2017.

Christmas Trees Recycling Drop Off
Photo by Derek Bruff. Photo Derivative Title: End of Season
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ST. LOUIS–After the glow of Christmas is gone and decorations have been taken off the tree, City of St. Louis residents can take the bare tree to one of three City park sites to be recycled.

Trees may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Forest Park, Lower Muny Opera parking lot;
  • O'Fallon Park,West Florissant and Holly, picnic grounds #4;
  • Carondelet Park, Grand and Holly Hills, area between gate and recycling containers.

Trees will be accepted for free at these park sites until Friday, January 12, 2018. The trees then will be ground into mulch that residents may take home for free from the same parks. Fake or plastic trees are not accepted.

Trees must be free of all decorations. Please remove ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stand before recycling your tree. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag or cover it. Wreaths and pine roping are not accepted at the sites.

"We want to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Locations in the north, south and central areas of the City were chosen to ensure that our recycling sites are as convenient as possible," Forestry Commissioner JAlan Jankowski said.

City residents should not place Christmas trees in alley Dumpsters or recycling containers; however, the Refuse Division will collect them as part of its regular monthly bulk pickup program if residents are unable to drop them off at one of these parks for the preferred and encouraged method of disposal -- recycling.

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