As you decorate your Christmas tree this year, consider how to get rid of it during the cleanup after the holidays. The Allen County Solid Waste Management District suggests recycling your tree at one of 11 drop-off sites in Fort Wayne and throughout the county.
The National Christmas Tree Association estimates that 31 percent of U.S. households have a live Christmas tree each holiday season. If so, that would mean more than 35 million live Christmas trees purchased each year. Allen County residents can prevent many of these trees from ending up in the landfill by participating in the Christmas Tree Recycling program.
The program, which begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 14, is for Allen County residents only.
Plastic bags, ornaments and tinsel must be removed from trees before they're delivered. Wreaths are not accepted.
Trees will be accepted at these locations:
In Fort Wayne
• Allen County Highway Garage – 2234 Carroll Road
• Foster Park West – Soccer field parking lot west side
• Foellinger Outdoor Theatre – back parking lot southwest corner
• McMillen Park – pool parking lot
• Shoaff Park Conklin Pavilion
In New Haven
• Jury Park
• Meadowbrook School parking lot
• North side of City Hall, 815 Lincoln Highway East
In Monroeville: the Community Park parking lot, north end
In Woodburn: Front Street under the water tower
In Leo-Cedarville: across from Riverside Gardens park at Grabill and Schwartz roads.