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City moves Christmas tree disposal site

12/24/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

The city of Hays is accepting Christmas trees for free disposal again this year, but at a different location.

Marvin Honas, solid waste superintendent for the city, said the new location -- near the public works building at 1002 Vine -- is close to the old one.

"That site has changed a little bit. It is straight north of the public works building at Speier ball fields," Honas said. "There is an orange fence that Midwest Energy has erected. We ask you to put the trees inside the orange fence. As always, we ask that you remove any plastic, ornaments, lights, anything of that nature."

The disposal site in the past was in the grassy area north of the water softening plant at 1000 Vine.

"The unloading place that we are now going to use has a hard surface, so we don't have to worry about some mud issues like we have in the past," Honas said.

The trees will be chipped into mulch by Midwest Energy and taken to the parks department on the U.S. Highway 183 Bypass, where customers can pick them up free of charge, Honas said.

Honas said the city doesn't keep track of how many trees are disposed of at the collection site, but added 57 trees were picked up along trash routes.

"In the event the customer can't get down to the drop-off site, we do provide a service to collect that tree after the holidays," Honas said.

Trees also can be taken to another location for disposal, Honas said.

"They can also take the tree out to the Ellis County transfer station," at 1515 W. 55th, he said. "That's free disposal out there as well. If you live in the northwest part of town, that might be a little closer -- take it out to the transfer station rather than bringing it down to the public works department."

The disposal site on Vine is open through Jan. 7.