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If you're looking to dispose of your Christmas tree, the Park Forest Aqua Center is a drop-off site, now through Jan. 31.
The north side of the parking lot of the Aqua Center is sectioned off where residents should look to drop their trees.
Residents are asked to remove any tree decorations prior to drop-off.
Trees that are picked-up with your regular garbage go directly into a landfill. When they breakdown there, they release the second most prevalent greenhouse gas, methane, which harms the environment. Park Forest is looking to offer a more sustainable solution for Christmas tree disposal. By dropping off your Christmas tree at the Aqua Center, trees will be chipped to be reused in landscapes or, at minimum, will be added to yard waste compost that, when finished processing, is a wonderful additive for soil. You may not have known, also, that a hefty truckload of tree mulch produced by the Village can be delivered to residents’ homes (for a small fee) when landscaping season resumes.
Help Park Forest continue to be a leader in sustainability by dropping off your tree.
The Park Forest Aqua Center is located at 30 N. Orchard Drive in Park Forest. Christmas lights can also be dropped off for recycling in the lobby of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, during normal business hours.