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Madison County offering Christmas tree recycling

Christmas trees can be recycled at more than 25 locations throughout Madison County.

madisoncountylogo2In coordination with Madison County Planning and Development, townships and municipalities throughout the county are providing 26 drop-off sites for residents.

Director of Planning and Development Matt Brandmeyer said the Christmas Tree Recycling Program has operated successfully for the last twenty years. He said the recycled trees are chipped into mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the community.

Brandmeyer said it’s easier to give back to the community by recycling a Christmas tree instead of tossing it in the trash, plus it keeps the trees out of the local landfill.

Trees will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 15. As trees will be chipped for mulch, all lights and ornaments must be removed prior to drop-off. Pine wreaths, pine roping, or other landscape waste is prohibited.

Madison County residents can drop off trees at the following recycling centers. Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other décor before dropping off.

Locations accepting trees include:

Alhambra/Alhambra Township: Village Maintenance Shed, 421 Elm St, Alhambra
Alton: No. 1 Emma Kaus Lane, Alton
Collinsville: Jaycee Sports Complex, 198 Complex Drive, Collinsville, by the water plant; Collinsville City Garage: 850 S Morrison, Collinsville
Woodland Park, Olive St, Collinsville, between the baseball diamonds, near the restrooms; Collinsville Township: Collinsville Township Road District, 1408 N Bluff Road, Collinsville, Curbside pickup for unicorporated Collinsville Township only
Edwardsville: Hoppe Park, Winston Brown Recreation Complex, 1325 Schiller Ave., West end of parking lot
Edwardsville Township: Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, near the trash bin in the lower parking lot. Trees will be accepted until Jan. 31
Fort Russell Township: Highway Garage, 112 Clover St, Moro
Foster Township: Township Garage, 4754 Fosterburg Road Alton, behind garage
Glen Carbon: Fire Station Number 1 parking lot, Danzer Drive, Glen Carbon
Godfrey: Street Department., 6212 Godfrey Road, Godfrey
Granite City: Granite City Park District, 29th and State St, Granite City, Accepting trees through Jan 9
Hamel/Hamel Township: Township Highway Dept, 403 N Old U.S. Route 66, Hamel
Hartford: Curbside pickup
Helvetia Township: Township Shed, 12466 Buckeye Road, Highland
Madison: Curbside pickup
Marine Township: Township Shed, 620 N Vernon St, Marine
Olive Township:Highway Dept: 8363 Frontage Road, New Douglas
Pin Oak Township: Pin Oak Township Highway Department, 3702 Tosovsky Lane, Edwardsville
Saline Township: Saline Township Shed, 3642 George St, Highland
St. Jacob Township: Township Highway Garage, 10048 Ellis Road, St. Jacob
Troy: Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy
Venice Township: Venice Township Building, 910 Madison Ave, Venice, on north side of building
Wood River: 400 Smith Court, Wood River
Wood River Township: Wood River Township Building, 1010 Eighth St, Cottage Hills

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