Now that the presents are unwrapped, Christmas dinner is eaten, and relatives have said their goodbyes, only one holiday question remains: What do you do with the tree?

On Thursday, McCormick Park, Playfair Park, Fort Missoula and Eko Compost began accepting Christmas trees as part of the annual “Evergreen Christmas Tree Recycling” collection by Missoula Parks and Recreation.

“We ask that anyone dropping off trees makes sure they remove everything,” said Christopher Boza, the city’s urban forester. “No spikes or base attached to the bottom of the tree, and no ornaments.”

The program officially runs until Jan. 12, Boza said.

“But that doesn’t mean we won’t see a tree in April.”

After collection, the trees are shredded and turned into compost, which is available at Eko Compost later in the season.

Dylan Chaffin is a journalism major at the University of Montana and a reporting intern for the Missoulian.

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