If your home was adorned with a live Christmas tree this year, decision time is upon you. How much longer will you keep it up?
With presents all opened, likely the only items left on the skirt are fallen needles. How well the tree was watered will be a factor, but if the tree survived until now then personal preference is all that remains. Eventually, that tree will need to be removed.
If you live in Hays, there are options available. All are free, so once again personal preference will rule.
The city will have a tree disposal site operating, although it does have a slightly different location this year. Instead of being near the water softening plant, it's moved a few yards to the north at 1002 Vine.
"It is straight north of the public works building at Speier ball fields," said Marvin Honas, solid waste superintendent for the city. "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."
Free, convenient and now mud-free: What's not to like? The site will be open until Jan. 7. Plus, Midwest Energy will chip all the trees into mulch the public can pick up free of charge at the Parks Department.
Decoration-free trees also can be taken to the Ellis County transfer station at 1515 W. 55th.
"That's free disposal out there as well," Honas said. "If you live in the northwest part of town, that might be a little closer."
If transportation is a problem, the city also offers a pickup service at some point after Jan. 7. Crews will be sent down all alleyways on a one-time sweep through the city. This isn't the city's preferred method, but it is a service offered. Arrangements do not need to be made; simply place the undecorated tree in the alleyway in a manner that does not block traffic.
For more information, contact the Hays Solid Waste Division at (785) 628-7357.
Editorial by Patrick Lowry