What to do with that Christmas tree in northeast Johnson County

Prairie Village has designated areas for dropping off trees at Porter, Franklin and Taliaferro Parks for residents.
Prairie Village has designated areas for dropping off trees at Porter, Franklin and Taliaferro Parks for residents.

Readers: It’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror and admit it to yourselves.

Christmas is over.

Which mean that in the next few days here, it’s going to be time to start de-Christmasing your homes.

Wellsir, we’re here to tell you that you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to disposing of your Christmas trees. Northeast Johnson County residents who have Deffenbaugh as their trash pickup service can, of course, simply leave their trees by the curb on their normal pickup days. Trees must be undecorated, and if they’re taller than 6 feet, you need to cut them in half for Deffenbaugh to be able to pick them up. Deffenbaugh will take trees as part of normal trash pickup during the first two full weeks of January.

Or, if you’re a real go-getter and you live in Prairie Village, you could drop the tree off yourself at one of the city’s three designated tree recycling areas. The designated areas are at Porter, Franklin and Taliaferro (formerly Meadowlake) Parks. As with the curbside pickup, trees must be free of all decorations. Trees taken to the designated areas will be processed through a chipping machine, and Prairie Village residents are free to take the resulting mulch for their own uses.

People who live outside Prairie Village can take advantage of the county’s tree recycling drop-off points:

• The northeast corner of the marina parking lot in Shawnee Misison Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. 
• The Heritage Park marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.
• The north side of the marina parking lot in Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

The county locations will be collecting trees through Jan. 31 during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kill Creek Park and Heritage Park, and 6 a.m. to 8 ap.m. at Shawnee Mission Park.