Northern Michigan residents who still haven’t gotten rid of their natural Christmas trees and other holiday decorations have a few ways to do so for free before the end of the month.
But those expecting crews to come by and pick up trees from the front of their properties might end up disappointed. Many places in Emmet County and elsewhere ask residents to truck their trees to designated drop-off locations.
The city is offering free Christmas tree recycling services to Petoskey residents through January 23. Citizens are advised to take their trees to the Sheridan Street storage yard adjacent to the Public Works Building, 110 W. Sheridan St., according to the city’s website. This is directly west of Bear Creek Recreation Area and just down the street from Petoskey Community Victory Garden in Hungry Hollow.
Trees can be taken to the camp site on the south side of the road at any time. The material is shredded and recycled into mulch.
The city is warning residents against planting trees on the driveway.
For those outside the city limits, the Emmet County Department of Public Works is continuing to accept Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday greenery through the end of the month at the Emmet County Recycling Drop-Off Center, 7363 Pleasantview Road in Harbor Springs. according to the Emmet County recycling website.
Until then, Christmas tree recycling is free.
The department advises customers to remove all decorations, stands, wreath frames and wires.
“Only plant material, please,” the website reads.
The recycling depot is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m