Sedgwick County residents will have the chance to get rid of their dry Christmas trees and come home with fresh mulch. Through Jan. 21, residents can deposit their trees at local recycling areas, where they will be chipped into mulch on site.
This is the sixth year the Sedgwick County Department of Environmental Resources and the Wichita Park and Recreation department have organized Christmas tree recycling centers. Each year between 4,500 and 5,500 trees are recycled.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. One alternative the agency suggests is buying a potted tree that can be planted after the holiday.
Sedgwick County asks that all lights and ornaments be removed from the trees before they are dropped off for recycling.
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Boston Park, 6655 E. Zimmerly
Buffalo Park, 10209 Hardtner
College Hill United Methodist Church, First and Erie
Earhart Environmental Magnet School, 4401 N. Arkansas
Edgemoor Park, 5815 E. Ninth St.
Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st St.
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North
Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd.
Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. South
South Linwood Park, Hydraulic and Mount Vernon
Elsewhere in Sedgwick County:
Cheney, East South Avenue and Garfield
Clearwater, Aquatic Center parking lot
Colwich, 115 N. 3rd Street
Derby, 2700 E. Madison
Garden Plain, at the Water Tower
Kechi, 107 Sioux St.
Maize, 201 S. Park
Mount Hope, 400 S. Thomas
Mulvane, 117 E. Main St.
Park City, 6801 N. Hydraulic
Valley Center, Veteran’s Park
These areas are offering their own recycling programs:
Haysville, North of public works facility, 401 S. Jane
Andover, Central Park, north of compost bin, 1607 E. Central
Newton, Harvey County rodeo grounds, 700 W. 1st Street.
Butler County: Trees can be recycled free of charge at the Butler County landfill, 2963 Southwest 40th Street, El Dorado. The landfill is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.