If you’re anything like me, as the gift-giving season comes to an end, a mountain of Amazon boxes, wrapping paper trash and even a (mostly dying) Christmas tree lay in the wake.
Cardboard boxes can be broken down and places in the weekly yard trimmings pile or in the recycling cart, so long as plastic and foam are removed.
Christmas trees, garland and wreath drop-offs begin today and end Tuesday, Jan. 2 at one of four locations:
- Jack Carter Park at 2601 Pleasant Valley
- Old Shepard Place Park at 1301 Winding Willow Lane
- Russell Creek Park at 3500 McDermott Road
- Schell Park at 2305 Laurel Lane
Before dropping off the tree, be sure to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands. Flocked (fake snow) trees cannot be recycled. All recycled trees and live greenery will become Texas Pure Products mulch and compost.
Texas Pure Products takes the trees and clippings, brings them to their Regional Compost Facility (RCF) in Melissa and makes compost and mulch products out of them. These products can be purchased online or in store at Texas Pure Products’ location at 9901 Custer Road.
Holiday lights and electronics can also be recycled. During the first three Saturdays of the month, unwanted holiday lights and electronics can be recycled at various churches in the community. During the first Saturday, electronics can be recycled at First United Methodist Church at 3160 E Spring Creek Parkway from 9 a.m. to noon. During the second Saturday, paper shredding and electronics can be recycled at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 5801 W Plano Parkway from 9-11 a.m. On the third Saturday, paper shredding, clothes, shoes and electronics can be recycled at Christ United Methodist Church at 3101 Coit Road at 9-11 a.m. Residential pick-ups are available upon request.
Got any pumpkins left over from fall? Feel free to leave those out with your yard waste bags and Texas Pure Products will handle the composting from there.