Millions of natural holiday trees are produced in the United States each year, and for every tree harvested, about three seedlings are planted the following spring, according to the Mid-America Regional Council.

Millions of natural holiday trees are produced in the United States each year, and for every tree harvested, about three seedlings are planted the following spring, according to the Mid-America Regional Council.

MARC encourages the recycling of Christmas trees because the chipping from trees may be used to provide fish habitat, erosion control and landscaping. Throughout the Kansas City region, recycled trees also are mulched and are used for trail surfaces, according to MARC.

The following are listed at www.recyclespot.org as sites within 15 miles of Independence for tree recycling. Visit the website for further details.


Independence

City of Independence drop-off depot

Available for residents only

875 Vista Drive, behind the Independence Animal Shelter

816-325-7623


Sugar Creek

Courtney Ridge Landfill

Available for residents and businesses

2001 N. Missouri 291

816-257-7999


Kansas City

Missouri Organic Recycling Inc.

Drop-off services available for residents and businesses; pick-up services for businesses only.

7700 E. U.S. 40 (one mile west of Kauffman Stadium)

Natural Christmas trees are accepted without stands, lights, decorations or plastic bags.

Some fees apply. The company encourages people to call ahead at 816-483-0908.


Blue Springs

The city of Blue Springs wastes no time after Christmas in recycling used Christmas trees. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Jan. 15, the city will offer its annual “Chipping of the Green” Christmas tree recycling program.

Drop off your tree in the west parking lot of Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Road. The free program allows for old Christmas trees to become part of the Blue Springs’ park system.


Buckner

City of Buckner yard waste facility

Available for residents only

2500 O’Donnell Road

816-650-3191


Lee’s Summit

City of Lee’s Summit yard waste drop-off center and Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park

Available for residents and businesses.

2101 S.E. Hamblen Road

816-969-1800