If you haven't taken down your Christmas decorations yet, you're not alone. In fact, some people believe that it's unlucky to take your tree down before the end of the first week of January.
While Christmas cleanup can sometimes be a bit of a pain, there's good news for Florissant residents. There are several free Christmas recycling programs in the city.
Meridian Waste Services Free Curbside Pickup for Real Christmas Trees
Meridian Waste Services will once again offer the “Christmas Tree Disposal” program to Florissant residents who used real Christmas trees.
The program will include curbside pick-up of real Christmas trees during the holiday season, according to Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider's office.
"Meridian Waste Services will be providing this service 'free of charge' to any Florissant resident regardless of their having weekly yard waste service," the mayor's office said. "Any Florissant resident wishing to take advantage of this free service must place their tree at their curb on the day of the week that yard waste pick-up is normally provided in their neighborhood."
Additionally, trees must be free of all contaminants, such as garland, tinsel, lights and ornaments. This service will be provided through the end of January. If you have questions or need additional information about this service, you can call Florissant City Hall at 314-921-5700 or Meridian Waste Services at 314-291-3131.
Boy Scouts Christmas Tree Recycling Program
Boy Scout Troop 740, which includes boys from Florissant, will be recycling Christmas trees every Saturday in January.
The troop's goal is to provide an easy way for residents to dispose of their used trees, help the environment and support the youth of the area.
This will be the first year the troop has offered the pick-up service, which will include up to 20 scout participants. Suggested donation for the service is $10-25. The service is one of the primary fundraising sources for scouting in the North County community.
Residents wishing to participate should complete the on-line form found at www.tinyurl.com/troop740
Curbside pickups begin at 8 a.m. on Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
For questions pertaining to the recycling effort, please contact 314-643-7003.
City of Florissant and Meridian Waste Holiday Lights Recycling Program
The city placed a recycling container at the St. Ferdinand Park recycling center specifically for old holiday lights on Dec. 1. The container will remain available through March 1, 2013, the mayor’s office said.
Things to Remember
- The recycling center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
- You do not have to be a Florissant resident to use the recycling center. It’s open to the general public, including commercial businesses.
- Other items accepted at the recycling center include newspapers, magazines, cardboard, paperboard, phone books, paperback books, aluminum cans-foil-trays, steel/tin cans, aerosol cans, a variety of plastics and all color of glass items.
Need more information on the lights recycling program? Contact the Health Department in St. Ferdinand Park at 314-839-7654 or visit the city’s website.
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