JOPLIN, MO.--- There's more options for disposing your leftover holiday items than just tossing them to the curb. The City of Joplin is providing recycle locations. There's two drop off destinations for paper and three for holiday trees. Just look for the "Christmas Tree Drop-Off" sign and make sure you take off the ribbon on the wrapping paper before recycling it.
"The recycling center accepts discarded Christmas items such as wrappings, cardboard, packing items, things of that nature. So instead of putting them into the trash and into the landfill, you can take them to the recycle center and they'll be recycled," said Lynn Onstot, Joplin Public Information Officer.
Joplin's Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot says people can also drop off live Christmas trees at the Public Works Center.
"Typically, each year people are looking for a place to put them and this provides a great resource for them to relocate them and also make use of them," said Onstot.
She says the center will ground up the trees into mulch for residents and the city to use for spring gardening. Although the sites are open until January 31st, she suggest dropping them off sooner rather than later.
"We know a lot of people like to keep their trees up for a little while. Of course, as the trees are drying out we want them to be very careful, they do become a fire hazard," said Onstot.
Onstot believes this resource not only helps residents out, but it helps protect the city.
"We are trying to save our planet, so to speak, and that's one way to do it. By recycling the paper, it can be used for other products as time goes on and it's the right thing to do," said Onstot.
Live Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Humphrey's Park on Utica Street and in the southwest corner of McIndoe Park on Glendale Road. The Joplin Recycling Center hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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