The city of McMinnville is once again offering Christmas tree recycling for evergreens.
“The drop-off location is McMinnville Civic Center on Garfield Street in the front parking lot,” said city landscape manager Hank Patton. “The area is sectioned off with cones.”
Any donated trees will be recycled into mulch and used by the city.
Patton says he doesn’t expect a lot of trees to be donated this year because he didn’t notice many for sale.
“I think Lowe’s had a few trees but nobody else seems to be selling them this year,” said Patton. “I don’t think Walmart or Kroger did.”
In past years, the city offered three drop-off locations. Due to the lack of trees being donated, the number was reduced to one. The reduction could be contributed to a running debate of real vs. artificial tree and artificial winning.
“I can’t say the cause is people switching to artificial trees,” said Patton. “Whatever the reason, I’m curious as to how many trees we’ll get this year. No one’s selling them so I don’t expect many. Regardless, we offer this as a service to the community. It’s for convenience. If you have a real tree, we’ll recycle it for you.”
People making donations are encouraged to remove everything that wasn’t on the tree originally, such as ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Trees with spray-on snow cannot be recycled.
Tree collection will be offered from Dec. 23 to Jan. 18.