Recycling dying Christmas trees

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Christmas is over and that means it's time to start thinking about what to do with your tree. It may be turning brown, but there are some ways to keep it "Green."

"It ends up in someone's ditch or alley or something like that." Don Keene said.

Don Keene is the Director of Public Works for the city of Sherman.
When it's times to un-deck the halls, he wants to remind people there are 'green' options to dispose of old Christmas trees.

"Basically once a month we come by and pick up any brush, tree limbs, things like that." Keene said.

Keene says they want people to include their dying Christmas trees, and the city will pick them up to be recycled.

"We have contractors come in and grind that up either to be used as mulch or boiler fuel, so it's a greener solution than just chunking it." said Keene.

Recycling your Christmas tree is not only the green thing to do, it's easy, just make sure you've removed all decorations, lights and hooks, so that it's completely bare, and ready to hit the grinder.

Trees can also be dropped off at Grayson County Precinct 1 in Sherman, where they'll be ground into free mulch on the spot.
And If you live in Denison, Public Works Superintendent, Doug Olds, says there are 2 options for recycling your old tree.

"Very simple for them to give us a call there at the public works department and we can come by and get it or if they're going to be out this way they can drop it off here at our collection station." Olds said.

To drop your tree off for recycling at Grayson County Precinct 1 call 903-893-2033.
To find out when the City of Sherman will be to your area to pick up brush and trees log on to
To schedule a pick up in Denison call the Public Works office at 903-464-4451.

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