Many Chicago-area municipalities are sponsoring Christmas tree recycling over the next month, with some getting underway as soon as Saturday.
Residents who want to dispose of their trees in an environmentally responsible way can drop them off at one of nearly two dozen parks in the city from Jan. 1 - Jan. 17, according to the city's Department of Environment. The trees will be turned into mulch, which will be available to residents at most of the parks beginning Jan. 8.
McHenry County isn't waiting until the new year to begin their Christmas tree recycling, however.
McHenry County -- which harvests more Christmas trees than any other county in the state -- has four recycling programs, in the Conservation District, Algonquin Township Road District, Dorr Township Road District, and Nunda Township Road District. Recycled Christmas trees must have all decorations removed prior to drop-off. The McHenry Conservation, Algonquin, and Dorr Districts begin their Christmas tree recycling on Saturday. Nunda Township's tree recycling runs from November through March. The recycling in the townships is open only to residents of those townships, but the Conservation District recycling is open to all McHenry County residents.
In Naperville, the city will offer a holiday tree recycling collection program during the first and second full weeks of January. Live holiday trees will be collected on each resident's normal garbage collection day during the weeks of January 4 and 11.
In Will County, Recycle the Holiday Spirit!, a free Christmas tree recycling program offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, will be Dec. 27 through Jan. 10.
Four tree drop-off sites will be located around the county. Trees can be dropped off at any of the facilities between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 East 135th Street in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center, in Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve in Crete Township, The Sugar Creek Administration Center, at 17540 W. Laraway Road in Joliet, and the Monee Reservoir, at 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, two miles south of Monee.
Chicago Sun Times Internet Article 12/26/09