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Recycling Christmas trees

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A lot of families have a tradition of picking out their Christmas trees every year, but when the holiday ends the trees come down. Starting Thursday there are several drop off spots including Wal-Mart on Lamy Lane in Monroe, the Farmers Market in West Monroe, there is a chipper at the Monroe Civic Center, and also poverty point is collecting Christmas trees, but they must be real.

"The main thing we are trying to do is prevent these trees or make sure these trees go into the right locations. We could of course take them out to our landfill but then they just take up space so we're trying to get them in a more useful condition," said Gregg Smith.

Last year more than 100 trees were piled up and donated and if you want to give yours away, you have to give it the way you got it.

"We don't want light's ornaments, paper, anything else. We just simply want the bare tree, so just take the time to take the lights and those types of things off and again, no artificial trees," said Smith.

By going green you help cities in Northeast Louisiana save some green because the mulched clippings will be used at several locations including the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. These tree recycling sites also help keep other areas around town beautiful.

"We also don't want them simply going on roadsides and ditches where they are going to cause flooding hazards," said Smith.

If you want to enjoy your Christmas tree a little longer you still have plenty of time. The recycling program goes on until January 6th.

The city of Monroe used to collect Christmas trees and put them in rivers and lakes to create fish habitats, but they stopped after there were problems with the waterways.

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