As once-live Christmas trees begin to wilt, several cities are offering options for recycling the trees into mulch.
Pendleton City Club is collecting trees from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until about January 7 at Fallen Field, located on Southwest 18th Street just north of the Pendleton Convention Center. The club asks that people leave a donation when they drop off their tree.
“100 percent of the money donated goes to youth activities in Pendleton,” said Tim Smith of Pendleton City Club.
Hermiston residents can drop off their trees for free at Butte Park on Northwest 7th Street starting Jan. 2. The city will place signs directing people to the drop-off point on the south side of the park after New Year’s Day. The trees are put through a wood-chipper each January to supply the city’s parks with mulch used at the base of trees and other landscaping areas.
In Milton-Freewater, residents can place their tree on the curb in front of their home for free pick-up. Collection will take place Jan. 2-5 and residents are asked to put their tree, stripped of all decorations, out on Jan. 2. The trees will be chipped and used for landscaping and other purposes.
Boardman is also offering free curbside collection of trees during the first week of January.