trees

The St. Charles County Division of Environmental Health and Protection encourages residents to recycle their natural Christmas trees after the holiday. When recycled through convenient drop-off locations around the county, natural trees can be used as fish habitat in area lakes, chipped wood paths along natural surface walking trails, mulch and more.

In addition to natural trees, residents may recycle holiday light strands, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, electronics, traditional recyclable items and other material through the County’s Recycle Works locations in St. Charles and Wentzville. For information on accepted goods, call 636-949-1800 or visit sccmo.org/RecycleWorks.

Residents must remove the tree stand, all decorations, lights and any packaging before bringing trees to any of the following locations for recycling:

St. Charles County Recycle Works

• Recycle Works Central, 60 Triad South in St. Charles

• Recycle Works West, 2110 East Pitman Avenue in Wentzville

Both locations are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 27 to Jan. 8 (Closed Dec. 31 – Jan. 2)

Additional Tree Collection Locations in St. Charles County

• St. Charles County’s Quail Ridge Park, 560 Interstate Drive (Group Picnic Area parking lot) in Wentzville

Open 7 a.m. to sunset, daily, Dec. 26 – Jan. 9

• Founders Park, #7 Freymuth Road in Lake Saint Louis

Open Dec. 26 – Jan. 9 during posted park hours.

• Heartland Park, 100 William Dierberg Drive in Wentzville                          Open Dec. 26 – Jan. 16 during posted park hours.

• Progress Park, 968 Meyer Road in Wentzville

Open Dec. 26 – Jan. 16 during posted park hours.

• Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road in Wentzville

Open Jan. 10-16 during posted park hours.