Mark your calendars for Christmas-tree pickup

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For the second year, Las Vegas Cub Scout Pack 219 and Boy Scout Troop 96 will be collecting trees for residents who want to recycle but are unable to drop off their trees.

The City of Peoria is reminding residents that Christmas tree disposal is part of the city's normal collection day service. Keep in mind to remove all tinsel and ornaments before putting your trees out on the curb. The town is now accepting undecorated trees through January 31.

The plan is for the trees to be shredded and turned into mulch for use in parks around the city.

Trees will also be accepted at the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 East University Ave., U, for free recycling. Several Springfield area recycling centers are accepting trees and Bass Pro is accepting trees as well. Trees collected during this time will be made into mulch and will be available to residents in the spring.

You can also turn that tree into a home for another animal, if you donate it to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Starting December 27 until January 31, Seattle Public Utilities will pick your tree up for free! Finally, those with Friday garbage collection will have their trees collected on the fourth week of the month.

Residents can bring their trees to Byram Park, Bruce Park, Greenwich Point and the Holly Hill Recycling Center through January 31.

All 10 convenience centers will be open from 7 7 p.m. through Saturday.

Between 2011-2015, US fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees.

Residents also should watch for opportunities to dispose of trees and help a good cause. Do not lean the tree against any structures and instead place it in a designated decomposition pile.

Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.

"Have the tree come in and celebrate Christmas and the holidays and then get rid of your tree", Hulbert said.