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January 4, 2018 Christmas Tree Disposal
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It’s that time of year again. It’s the post-winter solstice annual holiday mess. It’s been a month-long party and now it’s over.

Now it’s time for residents to clean up all the boxes, wrapping, and figure out what to do with their Christmas trees.

The first thing to remember is that not everything can be recycled. Giftwrap should go in the trash and not the recycle bin. While it is paper, it’s shiny surfaced gilt and glitter cannot be recycled.

What does go into the recycle bin and never in the trash is corrugated cardboard. Starting this month, all corrugated cardboard, unless it’s dirty, must be recycled or it won’t be picked up.

And then there’s the tree. If it’s artificial or flocked, it’s garbage.

For people living in Kalona, Riverside, Lone Tree, and those areas of rural Johnson County served by Johnson County Refuse, real trees will be picked up on regular trash pick-up days throughout the week of Jan. 8.

Trees must be natural and stripped of all decorations, including tinsel, lights, flocking and bagging.

For people living in Wellman and other areas served by Cox Sanitation, there will be no tree pickup. Wellman has no official plan for the disposal of Christmas trees, and have left it up to individuals. Trees can be left in the backyard until spring when yard waste pickup resumes, or they can be chopped up and burned so long as that’s done safely.

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