|Johnson County Park and Recreation District will again recycle Christmas Trees at three locations beginning Dec. 26|
Collection sites are: the northeast corner of the parking lot at the Marina at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, and the north side of the parking lot at the Marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, which was added as a collection site in 2006. Trees will be collected at all three sites from Dec. 26 and through Jan. 18 during regular park hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In 2007, more than 4,000 trees were "recycled." Some of the trees will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in Shawnee Mission Park.
No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations; particularly "icicles" and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic, or aluminum.
There is no charge for the disposal of trees. This program is funded in part by the proceeds from a JCPRD employee recycling program. For additional information, call District Forester Kevin Smith at (913) 441-8669.