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Want to recycle your live Christmas tree?

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If you don't live in an area where it's easy to get rid of your Christmas tree, there are groups who are willing to take it off of your hands -- as long as it is completely undecorated and is not flocked.

City of Tyler

The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful are providing two locations for Christmas tree recycling in Tyler. Residents can drop off their undecorated, non-flocked, natural Christmas trees from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, 2016, in designated areas at Golden Road Park and Fun Forest Park in Tyler.

Golden Road Park is located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Golden Road. Fun Forest Park is located in the 900 block of North Glenwood Boulevard. All lights, ornaments, garland and tinsel should be removed from the Christmas tree before dropping it off near the sign that says “Christmas Tree Recycling.”

Christmas trees will also be picked up at the curb for disposal at the landfill. Only non-flocked, natural trees deposited at Fun Forest Park and Golden Road Park will be recycled.

Tyler's Caldwell Zoo also uses leftover trees as "enrichment objects" for animals. The Caldwell Zoo's enrichment program uses only all-organic items. They make sure the trees have not been treated chemically in any way.

City of Longview

In Longview, you can drop off your tree at the City of Longview Compost Site during open business hours. The Compost Site is located at 2020 Swinging Bridge Rd. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Compost Site will be closed on Friday, January 1. 

Christmas trees left at the curb for regular trash collection WILL NOT be recycled, the city says. Trees set at curb for regular trash pick-up should be cut in half for removal. Call the city at (903) 237-1250 for more information.

City of Lufkin

In Lufkin, the Ellen Trout Zoo is accepting used Christmas trees to put in some of their animals' habitats. Zoo officials say the trees provides the animals with hours of play and enrichment. They're asking for any size of tree, but they must be real, unadorned, and must not have any flocking, tinsel, or any other type of decoration.

You can drop your trees off at either the admissions or administration buildings. If you have any questions about the trees or drop-off information, you can call the Ellen Trout Zoo at (936) 633-0399.

If you'd like more information on how you can recycle your natural Christmas tree to benefit yourself or the environment, click here.

City of Nacogdoches

Christmas Trees may be placed on the curb with all ornaments and lights removed. The City of Nacogdoches' brush truck will pick them up to be recycled at Angelina BioMass.

If you know of other cities who are recycling Christmas trees, let us know! Our email is webstaff@kltv.com 

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