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Tree and lights recycling programs offered thru mid-January in Lincoln

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Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) said several programs for Christmas tree and light recycling will be available through mid-January.

The City of Lincoln will provide Christmas tree dropoff sites through Monday, Jan. 17, at these locations:

• Ballard Park, 3901 N. 66th St.;

• Holmes Lake Park, South 70th Street and Normal Boulevard, parking lot west of north softball field;

• Oak Lake Park, three blocks south of Cornhusker Highway on First Street;

• Tierra Park, South 29th Street and Tierra Drive;

• Seng Park at University Place, 50th and Garland streets; and

• Woods Park, 31st and J streets, southeast corner of the parking lot.

All decorations, tinsel, lights, skirts, disposal bags and stands must be removed from trees. This is the 35th year for the city's tree recycling service. The effort is a collaboration between the LTU Solid Waste Management Division and the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Boy Scout Troop 8 tree pick-up service

Boy Scout Troop 8 will provide tree pick-up service Jan. 2, 8 and 9. To schedule a pick-up, visit scoutingfortrees.com or call 402-965-1458. Trees should be placed on the front lawn by 9 a.m. The service is free, but donations are appreciated.

Recycle Holiday Lights Drive

The ninth annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive runs now through Jan. 10. A portion of funds raised from the copper extracted from the lights benefit the Eastridge Elementary PTO, the Lincoln Firefighters Operation Warm and the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program Booster Club. Dropoff locations include:

• Eastridge Elementary School parking lot, 6245 L St. – southwest side of the building near the playground;

• Lincoln Children’s Zoo overflow parking lot, 2847 A St. – across A Street south of the zoo; and

• All Lincoln Fire and Rescue Stations – For locations, visit lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/Fire/Stations.

No boxes, brown paper sacks, plastic bags, ornaments, artificial trees or household trash are permitted. Lights attached to garland and wreaths are only accepted in the Eastridge Elementary School parking lot and should be placed in boxes next to the collection bin. Visit scrapcentralrecycling.com/light-drive for more information.

Residents also can contact their refuse haulers regarding tree disposal. The Solid Waste Management Division reminds residents that holiday lights must not be placed in curbside recycling bins or deposited at community recycling sites.

For more information on the city recycling program, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Recycling Hotline at 402-441-8215.

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