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Cedar Rapids reminds residents of Christmas tree disposal options

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

We're still in the start of the Christmas season,  but the City of Cedar Rapids is reminding residents of their Christmas tree disposal options.

Since there are many different types of trees: live, flocked and artificial , each one has a different way of disposing it.

For live (un-flocked) trees, the city will collect them from the curbside. They ask that you remove all ornaments, decorations, and other metal objects from the tree before placing it curbside. The also ask that you cut the tree into 3 ft. sections and not place the tree in a plastic bag

The tree can be placed at the curb on your collection day. You may also put the tree into the YARDY cart for collection, but make sure the lid can close. To protect the safety of our crews, please make sure the trees are placed at curb height for collection. Items placed on top of snow banks will not be collected.

Live un-flocked trees will be collected December 26, 2014 through January 16, 2015.

The Indian Creek Nature Center also accepts live, un-flocked trees at the Sac & Fox Trailhead Parking lot on Bertram Rd (before the blue bridge). The trees will be chipped and used as mulch on the Indian Creek Nature Center trail system. Trees must be un-flocked and free of all decorations, tinsel, tree trimmings, tree stand(s), nails and tree bags. Drop off availability continues through January 31, 2015.

When it comes to disposing flocked trees, the city says they're just considered garbage. These trees must be cut the tree into 3 ft. sections as well and each section must have a $1.50 garbage sticker affixed before being set out with you garbage.

Plastic, or artificial trees are also a garbage item. They cannot be recycled.

If you can set your artificial tree out for collection in 3 foot sections, a $1.50 sticker is required for each section.

If you cannot separate your artificial tree into sections, call the Solid Waste & Recycling Office at (319) 286-5897 to set up a special pick-up of your tree. The tree will be collected with the Bulky Item Collection Program. The cost for collection will be $5.00 and added to your next municipal utility bill.

Cardboard is banned from the landfill, so customers will need to recycle the cardboard box in the CURBY Cart.

For more information about Garbage & Recycling Services, go to: www.CityofCR.com/Garbage or go to www.CRNewsNow.com to sign up for text and email alerts about garbage & recycling.

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