In a season full of traditions, cities in the Northland are maintaining a tradition of their own by once again offering free Christmas tree recycling.
After the ornaments come down and the lights and tinsel have been removed, natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at locations in Kearney, Liberty and at Smithville Lake.
Kearney residents can drop their natural trees at the city's recycling facility, 504 E. 19th St., between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fridays or between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Call City Hall at 628-4142 for more information.
Trees in Liberty can be carted to Bennett Park, 1100 Clayview Drive, or City Park, 970 S. Highway 291.
Tree drop-off will be available through Jan. 20 at both parks. Participants should look for tree signs near the baseball fields.
The trees will be mulched and used on natural surface trails in city parks. Last year, the city received about 800 trees.
Every year, Clay County Parks department collects Christmas trees from families following the holiday to help create wildlife habitats in Smithville Lake.
Occurring through January, those looking to upcycle their trees can drop them at Little Platte Park on the west side of the lake. The park can be accessed by following U.S. Highway 169 north to Northeast 180th Street, then east into Little Platte Park.
For more information, contact Clay County Parks at 407-3400.