It's only been a few hours since Christmas ended and many people are already dropping off their Christmas trees at one of several sites across the metro area for recycling.
Up to 20,000 trees are dropped off at one of several sites every year.
So what happens to them next?
They go into the care of Kevin Dana of Dana Enterprises
“We have the contract to grind up the Christmas trees for the city,” he said. “We grind them up and we use them for beneficial use we mix them back in with mulch and mix them back in the spring to use with mulch products.”
These sites will collect trees through the first week of January:Bellevue Old Sarpy County Landfill, 8902 Cedar Island Road
F Street football field parking lot, east of 156th Street
-Henry Doorly Zoo, northwest corner of parking lot near Bob Gibson Drive and South 13th Street
-Hughes Mulch Products, 3211 Keystone Drive (8 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Saturday only)
Kelly West Park, 87th Street and Park View Boulevard
LaVista Sports Complex, 66th Street, two blocks south of Harrison
Orchard Park, 66th Street north of Hartman Avenue
Papio Bay, 815 East Halleck Street
Papillion Senior Center, 1001 Limerick Road
Ta Ha Zouka Park, 20801 Elkhorn Drive parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce
Tranquility Park, 120th Street and West Maple Road
Wehrspann Lake, Highway 370 between I-80 and 168th Street south parking lot
Be sure to take off lights and ornaments before dropping off the trees.