Now that Christmas is over, what do you do with your tree and holiday trash? Recycle.
In coordination with Madison County Planning and Development, townships and municipalities throughout the county are providing 28 drop-off sites for residents to dispose of Christmas trees.
The recycling program has operated for the past 21 years in Madison County, where recycled trees are chipped into mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the community.
Trees, which must have all ornamentation removed, will be accepted from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14. Pine wreaths, pine roping, or other landscape waste is prohibited.
The county created a recycling guide depicting which holiday items can and cannot be placed in single stream recycling.
“By creating this guide, we hope to help residents recycle more during the holidays,” said Eve Drueke, resource education coordinator and creator of the guide.
Other common holiday items such as burnt out Christmas light strands, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and plastic air pillows, are recyclable but not in your single stream bin. These items can be dropped off at recycling bins found at many local stores.
Madison County residents can drop off trees at the following recycling centers.
Locations accepting trees include:
Alhambra/Alhambra Township: Village Maintenance Shed, 421 Elm St, Alhambra, curbside can be requested by calling 488-3505
Alton: Curbside only, call Public Works at 463-3530, option 0 to be placed on the pickup list
Collinsville: Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane and Woodland Park, 2 Pine Lake Road, by the Fletcher Field parking lot
Collinsville Township: Collinsville Township Road District, 1407 N Bluff Rd, Collinsville, Curbside pickup for unincorporated Collinsville Township ONLY
Village of East Alton: City Garage, 331 Playground Court and curbside pickup
Edwardsville: Hoppe Park, Winston Brown Recreation Complex, 1325 Schiller Avenue, West end of parking lot
Edwardsville Township: Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Rd, Edwardsville, near the trash bin in the lower parking lot. Trees accepted until Jan. 31
Fort Russell Township: Highway Garage, 112 Clover St, Moro
Foster Township: Township Garage, 4754 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, behind garage
Glen Carbon: Bike Trail parking lot, Danzer Drive, Glen Carbon
Godfrey: Street Dept., 6212 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey
Granite City: Granite City Park District, Circle drive at end of 29th St, Granite City, Accepting trees from Dec 26 to Jan 11
Hamel/Hamel Township: Township Highway Department, 403 N Old US Route 66, Hamel
Hartford: Curbside pickup
Helvetia Township: Township Shed, 12466 Buckeye Rd, Highland
Leef Township: Township Garage, 12905 Niggli Road, N 160
Madison: Curbside pickup
Marine Township: Township Shed, 620 N Vernon St, Marine
Village of Maryville: Curbside pickup
Moro Township: 117 Montgomery St., Moro
Olive, Livingston & Williamson Townships: Olive Township Maintenance Facility, 8363 Frontage Rd, New Douglas
Pin Oak Township: Pin Oak Township Highway Department, 3702 Tosovsky Ln, Edwardsville
Saline Township: Saline Township Shed, 3642 George St, Highland
St. Jacob Township: Township Highway Garage, 10048 Ellis Rd, St. Jacob
Troy: Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St, Troy
Wood River: Compost Site, 400 Smith Ct, Wood River
Wood River Township: Wood River Township Building, 1010 8th St, Cottage Hills, and curbside