Time running out for Kalispell residents to recycle Christmas trees

    A Christmas tree ready for pickup on 2nd Ave. W in Kalispell. (NBC Montana Photo)

    There are just two weeks left for Kalispell residents to get their Christmas tree picked up by the city for recycling.

    For over 20 years the city has offered Christmas tree pickups. For the last eight years, a volunteer group has helped with the program and has collected the trees on Saturdays.

    The trees have to be free of ornaments, lights, garland, the base and any other decorations.

    Kalispell Parks and Recreation workers said to make sure the tree is placed standing up in boulevards so it is visible.

    "Every year in January they spend their Saturdays going around and collecting Christmas trees,” said Kalispell parks superintendent Fred Bicha. “It's awesome to have. I don't know of any other city in Montana that actually goes around and picks up your Christmas tree for you. Usually you have to drop it off somewhere or take it to the county landfill."

    Their program even gives back to the community. They put the trees through a chipper and offer the mulch free to community members.

    The last two pickups will be Jan. 12 and 19. You can call 406-758-7849 to let them know you have a tree ready to be picked up. After that, trees must be taken to the landfill.

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