WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health encourages residents to recycle their natural Christmas tree after the holiday season.
Many solid waste haulers provide curbside collection of Christmas trees. However, if your licensed solid waste hauler does not offer curbside collection of Christmas trees, there are several area locations that will recycle trees into mulch at no cost.
Mulch used in landscaping provides multiple environmental benefits such as conserving moisture, improving soil structure and reducing weeds and soil erosion. It also provides a source of plant nutrients all while reducing the amount of waste discarded at a landfill.
Christmas trees dropped off for recycling must have all decorations removed. Artificial trees will not be accepted.
For additional recycling information, call Kristy Hecke, the health department's solid waste manager, at 815-334-4585.
• OPEN TO McHENRY COUNTY RESIDENTS
McHenry County Conservation District
Drop-off sites, open through Jan. 15:
• Glacial Park, Ringwood (off Harts Road)
• Rush Creek, Harvard (at Twin Oaks Parking Area, west of pond)
• Algonquin Township headquarters
For details, call 815-338-6223.
• OPEN TO ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
Algonquin Township Road District
3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake
Open 24 hours, through Jan. 31
For information, call 847-639-2700, ext. 6.
• OPEN TO DORR TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
Dorr Township Road District
12322 Davis Road, Woodstock
Open through Jan. 31, Monday through Friday during business hours
For information, call 815-338-1060.
• OPEN TO NUNDA TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
Nunda Township Road District
3518 Bay Road, Crystal Lake
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
For information, call 815-459-4410.