Another Christmas season has come and gone, and it's time to pack the decorations back up for the season. For those who bought a tree this year, keep in mind the City of McKinney encourages residents to recycle their trees and other natural decorations instead of throwing them away.

McKinney and Progressive Waste Solutions (formerly known as IESI) offer curbside pickup for Christmas trees, poinsettias, natural wreaths and garlands as part of the green waste recycling program. Pickup will be on the regular trash day between Wednesday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 18.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP (on the regular trash day through Friday, Jan. 18):

McKinney and Progressive Waste Solutions (formerly known as IESI) offer curbside pick-up for Christmas trees, poinsettias, natural wreaths and garlands as part of the green waste recycling program. Pick-up will be on the regular trash day through Friday, Jan. 18. Remove all ornaments and lights and place the tree next to the recycling and waste bins for pick-up. Place poinsettias, non-artificial wreaths and garland in brown paper lawn bags that will also be picked up on the regular trash day.

TWO DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

McKinney provides two locations where residents can drop Christmas trees for recycling. Bring trees to Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex at 1986 Park View Ave. or to the water tower on the corner of Eldorado and Alma Rd. in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park any time. Signs will be posted for exact location. Remove all ornaments and lights before dropping off. Trees with flocking will not be accepted.

Residents may contact Progressive Waste Solutions at 469-452-8000 to schedule a bulk trash collection or residents may drop off their flocked trees at either Custer Rd. Transfer Station or the Melissa Landfill.

Progressive Waste Solutions: bficanada.com.

Check out these tips for Christmas Tree Safety.

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of more than 136,500. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments, and it was recently ranked as the No. 2 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.