Where to take your Christmas tree for recycling

Well, if you're ready to remove the holiday cheer from your home, here are easy ways to deal with unwanted Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and swags. People may drop off trees during business hours or leave trees outside the gates after hours.

Mankato residents also may bring Christmas trees to the SMC Compost Site, 3600 Third Ave.

We have a list of a few of them below - if your city or county is not listed check with your local officials.

For New Hanover County residents, the county will offer free tree recycling starting the day after Christmas. You can drop off your trees at Del Mar Park, Olympic Park or Saddle Rock Golf Course.

"All trees must be free of all decorations, lights, stands, etc.", Public Information Officer Amanda Hutcheson for Brunswick County said. Trees are being accepted at Anthem Community Park on the east side of the parking lot, Broadlands Park West on the northwest side of the parking lot, Bronco Park north of the backstop, the Community Park Ball Fields, Lac Amora Park, and Meridian Park. For more on the city of Denver's tree recycling program visit their website.

But those trees will end up in the landfill along with the approximate 210,000 tons - that's 420 million pounds - of waste we put into the Laubscher Meadows landfill in Vanderburgh County every year. Trees must be at the curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Beginning Tuesday and continuing through January 12, unadorned trees may be brought by Mankato residents to Franklin Rogers Park, 601 Reed St.; Highland Park, 50 Warren St.; Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave.; and Tourtellotte Park, 300 Mabel St.