After all the sparkle and shine of Christmas are over, it's time to go green.
Area cities encourage residents to recycle live Christmas trees. Most cities will turn the trees into mulch for local gardeners.
"It saves on our landfill usage, and when used as mulch, it helps prevent weeds in flowerbeds and helps retain moisture," said Cody Maberry, parks director for Hurst, which will provide mulch to residents starting Jan. 7.
Cities ask that all ornaments, tinsel and other decorations or stands be removed from trees before they are put out for pickup or dropped off at recycling locations.
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Arlington: Residents will not have curbside pickup recycling for the second year in a row as a result of budget cuts.
Residents can drop off trees at the city's landfill at 800 Mosier Valley Road or at Calloway's Nursery at 4940 S. Cooper St., in south Arlington. Mulch will be available to residents at the landfill in the spring.
Bedford: Residents can drop off trees from Tuesday through Jan. 10 at the Meadow Park Athletic Complex, 3200 Meadow Park Drive.
Colleyville: Residents can put trees curbside on regularly scheduled trash collection days.
Euless: The Christmas Treecycling Event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at Midway Park, 300 W. Midway Drive. Also that day at the park, city officials will demonstrate mulching and give out mulch.
Fort Worth: Residents can put out trees on regular collection days as long as they are 8 feet or less in length and placed at least two feet away from carts or other obstructions.
The drop-off locations for recycling are 2400 Brennan Ave., 5150 Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway and 6260 Old Hemphill St. The sites will be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free mulch will be available at the locations. They will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Haltom City: Residents can drop off trees 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Jan. 22 at the IESI Convenience Center, 2120 Minnis Drive.
Hurst: Residents can drop off trees from Sunday through Jan. 6 at the parking lot of Hurst Community Park, 610 Precinct Line Road. Free mulch will be available there starting Jan. 7.
Keller: Residents can drop off trees from 6:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 9 at the Keller Sports Park, 112 Sports Parkway, at the north end of the Multi-Use Arena parking lot. Mulch will be available later.
Mansfield: Residents can drop off trees between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 14 at the lot at 501 S. Second Ave. Mulch will be available later.
North Richland Hills: Residents can drop off trees from Sunday through Jan. 10 at Green Valley Park, 7701 Smithfield Road, or at the city parking lot at the southeast corner of Rufe Snow Drive and Northeast Loop 820. Residents can place trees curbside for recycling by 7 a.m. for pickup Wednesday. Mulch will be available for residents at the drop-off locations Jan. 10-17.
Southlake: Residents can drop off trees through Jan. 12 at Bicentennial Park, 450 W. Southlake Blvd. Free mulch will be available Jan. 15 at the park.
Watauga: Residents can place trees curbside for pickup on regular bulk trash days in January.
Eva-Marie Ayala, 817-390-7700