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Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites
Christmas is over, and soon, it will be time for the decorations to come down. Several central Illinois groups are collecting donations of live Christmas trees. Here's a rundown:
- Springfield residents can put natural fir and evergreen Christmas trees out on their curbs starting January 2. Public Works will pick up trees for two weeks, through Friday, January 18. This pickup is only for real trees that can be recycled. Trees with flocking, ornaments, tinsel, decorations, and stands should be placed with your garbage. If you have any questions, call Public Works at 217-789-2255.
- Trees collected in Shelbyville and Sullivan will be placed in Lake Shelbyville to enhance fisheries there. The trees are bundled together in small groups and submerged to provide fish breeding areas and escape cover. If you want to donate your tree to this project, two collection sites are available. One is in Sullivan at the corner of Water and Main streets. Trees can be dropped off inside the snow fence on the north side of the lot. The other is at the Johnstown Mall on the west side of Shelbyville. Trees can be dropped off inside the snow fence on the grass in the northwest part of the parking area. Trees will be collected at both sites from December 26-February 4. Be sure to remove ornaments, decorations, plastic wrappings, and other artificial elements from your tree.
- Chatham will start picking up Christmas trees January 2. All trees should be placed curbside by January 9, and no trees will be picked up after January 11. Trees cannot be in a bag, and ornaments, lights, tinsel, and tree stands must be removed.