Ready to Remove Your Christmas Tree?

(Springfield, MO) -- It's hard to believe Christmas has come and gone again. Now that the gifts are unwrapped and the stockings are unstuffed, what do you do with that big tree in your living room? 

It turns out getting rid of your tree doesn't mean you have to stop spreading the holiday spirit. 

"After Christmas, there are a lot of things you can do with your trees," says Don McElhany with Wickman's Gardens.

Some ways are naughty.

"If you throw it out in the woods, it's just ugly."

Others are nice.

"We accept trees and we grind them up for mulch.  We take a $5 donation. We give it to The Kitchen."

Since 1987 -- Wickman's on Fort Avenue has helped you turn your Christmas cheer into green you can enjoy all year. 

"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."

Down the street, Bass Pro will also be accepting trees as well.

"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."

Proving that even though Christmas has come and gone, the spirit lives on.

Bass Pro

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.

Dates accepted: Dec. 26 - Jan. 1

Hours: Noon to 6pm daily Fee: $2 or more per tree donation; benefitting the Boy Scouts Uses: Trees are used for fish habitat Special Instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand and no flocked trees accepted. For more information, contact: Larry Whiteley, 873-5022.

Wickman's Gardens

Wickman's will accept trees at 1345 S. Fort Ave., in Springfield and at 10791 U.S. 60 in Monett. Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 13, 2012 Hours: (Springfield) Monday-Friday 8am-6pm; Saturday; 8am-5pm; Sunday 10am-5pm

(Monett) Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm Fee: $5 per tree at both locations; proceeds donated to The Kitchen Uses: Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, which is available for free. Bring your own container.

Special instructions:
Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand and no flocked trees accepted. For more information, contact: 862-3707 (Springfield); or 235-1112 (Monett) or visit:

City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center

The Yardwaste Recycling Center will accept Christmas trees year round.
Directions: West on Sunshine (U.S. 60); south of Farm Road 115. Turn left on Farm Road 164. Follow signs to Yardwaste Recycling Center. Dates accepted: Year round. The Center will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Hours: 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays.

Donations are accepted; the brush recycling fee of $3 will be waived for Christmas trees through Jan. 28, 2012; otherwise, the $3 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.

Special instructions:
Remove all icicles, ornaments and tree stand. For more information, contact: Recycling Hotline, 864-1904; or visit: Note: Trees are not accepted at the Franklin and Lone Pine recycling centers.

For more information, contact: Barbara J. Lucks, Interim Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Division, Department of Environmental Services, 864-2005.

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