Once the jingle bells have stopped ringing and the presents have all been opened, there is the matter of that Christmas tree to deal with.
Christmas trees placed at the curb will be picked up in Denton and throughout the county, but a few cities offer a special chipping or mulch service that will allow the tree to keep on working throughout the year.
Residents should check with their trash collection service for specific details, but most companies will pick up trees that are left at the curb, said Jody Gonzalez, Denton County emergency management coordinator.
Denton’s landfill offers a free chipping service, but the tree must be taken to the landfill without any tinsel or ornaments. Denton also will pick up real Christmas trees along with other yard waste, and it will compost the trees into Dyno Dirt for sale and re-use by city crews, landscaping companies and residents.
The city of Lewisville is partnering with Keep Lewisville Beautiful to encourage everyone to recycle their live Christmas trees.
Recycling reduces the amount of debris that goes into the landfill and provides free mulch to residents. The tree — once it is stripped of all ornaments, lights and tinsel — may be taken to Lake Park and dropped off near the soccer field parking lot through Jan. 17. The park is located at Lake Park Road and Mill Street.
The trees will be chipped into mulch by Lewisville Parks & Leisure Services starting Tuesday. Any mulch left at the site will be available to the public until Jan. 17. To pick up mulch, residents are asked to bring a bag or bucket and their own shovel.
For more information, call Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or Parks & Leisure Services at 972-219-3550 or visit www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.