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Christmas Is Over, What To Do With The Tree

Christmas tree in the trash

Now that Christmas is over, and the needles are quickly falling off the tree, what are your option for getting rid of it?  Unfortunately, it’s not just as easy as tossing it in the trash.Luckily, there’s a couple options.  The city will collect your trees on your regular garbage day… with restrictions.  First thing, pull off all the decorations and toss what you don’t want to keep.  That includes the stand and any nails.  Now, cut the tree into 3 ft sections.

Confused man with axe


WHAT? You’re kidding!!! 

Nope.  That’s the rules. If it’s real, you gotta chop it up.

  • Don’t put it in a garbage bag/tree bag.
  • Do put it in the YARDY bin, as long as the lid can close.

If it can’t fit in the YARDY cart, make sure the trees are at curb height, as they will NOT be collected if put on top of the snow bank.


BTW: If you sprayed that white stuff all over your tree, the rules have changed.  It can NOT go in the YARDY cart, MUST be cut into 3 ft sections, and a $1.50 garbage sticker must be attached to each 3ft section. 

If you’re getting rid of that old artificial tree, it unfortunately can not be recycled, and must be tossed with the trash, in 3ft sections, with the $1.50 sticker attached to each section.

If you can’t get the tree into 3ft sectionscall the Solid Waster & Recycling office at 319-286-5897 to set up a special pick-up.  Luckily, for Jan & Feb it’s half price, so it’ll cost you $2.50.


There’s one more option:

If you have a real tree, not covered in that white spray, and don’t feel like chopping it up, a group called the “People to People Ambassador program will collect it for $10/tree CASH, starting Jan, 11th-the end of the month.  It’s a great cause too.  People to People Ambassadors was started in ’56 by President Eisenhower for 5th-12th grade students, and money collected will help raise funds for the program.
President Eisenhower’s vision was to give everyday citizens of different countries opportunities to meet and get to know each other, and the result will be understanding, friendship, and lasting peace.  This program breaks down cultural barriers by providing short-term travel opportunities with personal, behind the scenes access that he envisioned. Students meet public officials and local dignitaries in destinations they visit and provide service learning hours.
Interested parties may contact:  Michelle Dopp at # 319-286-9729.  Trees will be taken to Indian Creek Nature Center to be turned into mulch.
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