Now that the holidays are over, you may be thinking of ways to dispose of your Christmas decor in a sustainable way. Star Local Media published a helpful article on December 21st citing places where you can drop off unwanted trees and decor. In it they say:
“If you are looking to dispose of your wreaths or Christmas trees in an ecologically friendly manner, the city of Plano recommends recycling them into mulch and compost. Likewise, Christmas lights can be recycled through Plano’s electronics recycling program, while wrapping paper, hard plastic and cardboard boxes can be recycled during the city’s routine trash pickup schedule. Christmas trees and wreaths can be dropped off at Jack Carter Park, Old Shepherd Place Park, Russell Creek Park and Schell Park from Saturday to Jan. 3.”
For recycling lights and electronics, the Dallas Morning News has a similar article from December 28th that guides people on how to go about recycling their decor. In it they say:
“Drop off your unwanted holiday lights and electronics during electronics recycling on the first three Saturdays of the month. The city partners with United Electronic Recycling to dispose of all computer-related equipment, printers, audio and video equipment, consumer electronics, cellphones and TVs.
Drop off locations and times:
- First Saturday of every month: First United Methodist Church, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway, 9 a.m. to noon
- Second Saturday of every month: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway (back parking lot), 9 to 11 a.m
- Third Saturday of every month (paper shredding also available): Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, 9 to 11 a.m.”
Maybe another alternative for next Christmas would be foregoing the natural Fir tree for a reusable ornamental one so you can skip the post-holiday recycling.