Johnson County Park & Recreation District to recycle Christmas trees at three locations

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will again be accepting post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees at three locations.

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. Trees will be collected at all three sites from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 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. 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.

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