Hey Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County: do you want to recycle your Christmas tree? Are you wondering what to do with Old Tannenbaum once Christmas is over? We have you covered.
Depending on where you live, there are several (free) options to recycle or dispose of live Christmas trees in Champaign, Urbana, and throughout Champaign County. Some involve taking the trees; Champaign and Urbana have curbside pickup for residents.
No matter where you recycle your live Christmas tree, make sure to remove all decorations, lights, popcorn, tinsel, toppers, stands, plastic bags, etc. Most trees are ground into landscape mulch.
Champaign County at large: The Champaign County Forest Preserve District will again accept used Christmas trees to be recycled after the holiday season. Starting Dec. 26, trees may be dropped off at three forest preserve locations in the county through Jan. 19. Drop-off locations are: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, inside the maintenance entrance on Route 47; Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield, at the maintenance building; and Homer Lake Forest Preserve in Homer, in the maple grove area. Trees can be dropped off any hours at Lake of the Woods and Middle Fork River and until 10 p.m. at Homer Lake. Call 217-586-3360 or visit www.ccfpd.org.
Landscape Recycling Center, Urbana: Trees may be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., Urbana, for free recycling. There is no residency requirement; open to all.
City of Urbana: The City of Urbana will provide Christmas tree collection to all residents for the week of Jan. 8-12. Residents must follow these requirements: Place tree along curb (on the parkway) by 6 a.m. on your regular U-CYCLE collection day; remove all decorations, stands, and all metal from tree before collection; no tinsel or flocked trees; remove any plastic tree bags.
Lights recycling: Do you have Christmas lights you want to get rid of? Don’t throw them in the trash – take them to be recycled at Mervis Recycling, 3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana, or Twin City Recycling, 2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
Ornament recycling: If you have ornaments you want to get rid of, check out our “Where to Donate” article. The I.D.E.A. store seems appropriate as well.
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