|Johnson County Park & Recreation District to recycle Christmas trees at three locations|
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be accepting post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees at three locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31.
Collection sites are: the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 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. Note that the Shawnee Mission Park collection location is a change from past years and that participants will now need to enter through the theatre entrance, located north of the park's main entrance.
Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.
In 2013, between 4,000 and 5,000 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 district lakes.
No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. No “flocked” trees, please. 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 and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, call the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713.