So That Was Christmas

Time to send the tree back to nature by recycling

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    NBC Philadelphia
    You can still give the gift of green by recycling your Christmas tree.

    Commentary
    by Bruce Felps

    Now that Christmas is but a ghost of the past, there’s still one more gift to give.

    That would be returning the Christmas tree to Mother Nature … you know, recycling.

    Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas — FWAD — officials offer a few options for disposing of trees in humane ways. Other surrounding municipalities likely have tree recycling operations so check with the respective city halls.

    Fort Worth makes it so simple even a caveman can do it. Sorry.

    Clean all the ornaments, tinsel, lights, popcorn, stands, nails — everything not tree — and set it out on the curb. Trees taller than 8 feet need to be cut into sections of less than 8 feet. The bulky trash guys will collect them on the regular large trash pickup day.

    By the way, that stuff about removing all the stuff from the tree applies to any recycle service. They don’t want the stupid little inscribed doe-eyed sappy angels either.

    Arlington set up two drop-off locations. Calloway’s Nursery on South Cooper and the Arlington Landfill on Mosier Valley, and one is bound to smell better then the other. Both locations will take homeless trees from Dec. 27-Jan. 9, with Calloway’s operating from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and the landfill going from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.

    Now over to Dallas, where the city set up four drop-off points for recycled trees — Flag Pole Hill, Fair Oaks Transfer Station, Bachman Transfer Station, and Southwest Transfer Station, all of which operate Mondays-Saturdays, Dec. 27-Jan. 14.

    So do the right thing and return the tree to its momma. Mother Nature will thank you. She misses her babies.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. His recycling contained more glass than tree.