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When the holidays are over and it’s time to take down natural holiday trees, wreaths and garland, Mid-America Regional Council suggests recycling them.

When the holidays are over and it’s time to take down natural holiday trees, wreaths and garland, Mid-America Regional Council suggests recycling them.

Like yard waste materials, holiday trees and greenery are banned from landfills in Missouri and are discouraged from being deposited into Kansas landfills, states a release.

Area communities offer residents a number of ways to recycle them — not only keeping them out of landfills, but also creating a useful product that can be used for a variety of purposes including trail surfaces, erosion control, landscaping and fish habitat in local lakes like Smithville Lake.

“All residents in the Kansas City metropolitan area have options for recycling their natural holiday trees and greenery,” said Matt Riggs, outreach coordinator for the MARC Solid Waste Management District. “Residents should contact their trash hauler first to see if they provide curbside pick-up since that is most convenient. If not, there are plenty of other pick-up and drop-off options available.”

For more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for the holidays, visit RecycleSpot.org or call 474-8326.

In the Northland, several cities collect trees stripped bare of any ornaments, tinsel and tree bags. The following is a listing of city offerings.

• Gladstone: Regional Brush and Yard Waste Recycle Facility, 4000 NE 76th St., 436-5442; open to Gladstone, Pleasant Valley, Liberty, Parkville and Lake Waukomis residents;

• Kansas City North: Leaf and brush drop-off site, 11660 N. Main St., 888-7945;

• Kearney: City recycling center, 504 E. 19th St., 628-4142; open to Kearney residents only;

• Liberty: Bennett Park, 1100 Clayview Drive, 439-4415; and

• Smithville: Little Platte Park at Smithville Lake, 16311 Missouri Highway DD, Smithville, 407-3400 ext. 3. 

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