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A Park City post-holiday tradition: getting rid of the Christmas tree

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City and Summit County are amassing a small forest of used Christmas trees.

City Hall and the County Courthouse have temporarily set aside spaces where Christmas trees can be dropped off, a post-holiday gift for people who need to dispose of the trees.

The Park City drop-off location is at the North 40 parking lot, which is off Kearns Boulevard across the street from the Wyatt Earp Way intersection. The city will accept Christmas trees until Jan. 25. Artificial trees are not accepted. Park City wants the lights removed from the trees before they are taken to the drop-off location. The drop off is free for Park City residents. The program, organized by the Public Works Department, costs approximately $4,800 annually. It has been offered for more than 20 years.

Clint Dayley, the parks and golf supervisor for the municipal government, said the trees will be made into wood chips, which are then donated to a tree service. The tree service uses the wood chips to make mulch. The chipping is scheduled to start Jan. 6.

"Drop your tree off and we’ll take it from there," Dayley said, describing the program as an opportunity to ensure Christmas trees are not put into a landfill.

Summit County offers a similar program. Dumpsters will be put out until an undetermined date in February where people may drop off Christmas trees. The locations are: across the street from the Jeremey Store on Rasmussen Road, behind Bell’s Silver Creek at 7100 N. Silver Creek Road, behind the Kamas City Hall, the Wanship stockyards and the old sewer plant in Coalville. Derrick Radke, the public works director for Summit County, said the trees will be chipped and then be made available for mulch. The county also requests decorations be removed before trees are dropped off.

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For more information about the Park City program, call 615-5301. For more information about the program in Summit County, call the Public Works Department at 615-3970 from the Park City area and 336-3970 on the East Side.

Park City Lacrosse will bring Christmas trees to one of the drop-off points as part of a fundraiser. The cost is $35 for each tree or $50 for trees that are taller than 10 feet. More information is available by contacting pc_lacrosse@yahoo.com or on the organization’s website, http://www.parkcitylacrosse.org.