From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin residents may discard Christmas trees at three locations.
The city will open sites where live trees can be left for collection beginning Dec. 26. Collection will continue through Jan. 31.
Collection points will be at Humphrey Park in Royal Heights, on the parking lot in the southwest corner of McIndoe Park at South Jackson Avenue and Glendale Road, and at the Public Works Center, 1301 W. Second St. Drop-off signs will be posted at all three collection points.
A number of other holiday items may be taken to the Joplin Recycling Center, 1310 W. A St. That list includes wrapping paper without ribbons, as well as boxes, bottles, cans, cards and clean packing peanuts.
The center’s winter operating hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The center will be closed on Jan. 1.
Residential trash pickup also will be affected by the holidays.
Routes that normally would have been run on Tuesday, Christmas Day, will be run Wednesday, pushing service back for everyone else a day through Saturday. The same cycle will take place next week in connection with New Year’s Day.
Also, the transfer station that accepts bulky items will be closed Jan. 1.
Those who have questions about pickup dates or trash service may call Republic Services, formerly Allied Waste Services, at 800-431-1507.
THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION recommends recycling cut Christmas trees to benefit wildlife. Trees may be placed in the backyard to offer cover for wildlife, or under bird feeders to provide nesting locations in the branches. Trees also may be shredded or chipped for mulch, or sunk in a pond to enhance fish habitat.