The holidays are over and the toys are put away. The Christmas tree is dropping it's needles and doesn't have that fresh spruce scent anymore. Don't chuck that tree out with the garbage. Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) want to remind you that you can recycle your tree.
From December 28 through January 15, free recycling of Christmas trees will be provided in Anchorage at all Carrs stores. The Eagle River and Palmer Carrs will also have tree reclycling sites as well as the Mat-Su Borough Central Landfill. Remember to remove your precious ornaments, the tree stand and decorations including all lights, tinsel and any plastic bagging. Wreaths will not be accepted.
The trees are ground into wood chips and distributed to local nonprofits and parks to use in their gardens and on trails.
Anchorage Boy Scout Troop 268 will pick up trees (in Anchorage only) for a small donation. Call 868-8899 for information.
If you know of a tree recycling effort on the Kenai Peninsula, please share that info in the comment section - thanks!