O Christmas tree, let’s take down thee


If the verse “thy leaves are so unchanging” is no longer inspiring, never fear. Cedar Park and Leander both have opportunities to help locals recycle their evergreens. 

For those who live in Cedar Park, pack up the tree and head to the parking lot of the Parks and Recreation Center on Jan. 7. The city is collecting trees from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day but all decorations, ornaments and lights must be removed. The city turns holiday trees into mulch and uses them for landscaping at city parks and facilities. Drop-off is free and participants will receive a free seedling for their tree while supplies last. 

Leander residents can drop by Robin Blesdoe Park from now through Jan. 17 to dispose of their undecorated trees. The Leander Parks and Recreation Department offers free holiday tree recycling and uses the recycled trees as mulch in the city parks for trails and landscape beds. Residents can swing by from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to abandon their tree at the park.