MT. VERNON — —
Christmas may not be over yet, but the City of Mt. Vernon has already made plans for its annual Christmas tree recycling program.
Midwest Waste will be picking up Christmas trees curbside Jan. 7 through Jan. 11 for those who have regular city garbage pick up. Christmas trees will be picked up on a customer’s regular garbage pick up day.
Starting after Christmas day, community drop off sites will be available, designated by signs placed at the Veterans Park women’s softball field, located on Forest Avenue; at Optimist Park, located at 903 Pace Ave.; and at Airport Park, located at 1101 Airport Road.
Christmas trees dropped off or set out curbside for pick up should have all ornaments, tinsel and artificial snow removed.
According to George Bryant, city parks and facilities director, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be partnering with the city and Midwest Waste to use a portion of the trees in Rend Lake as fish congregators. Trees will be bundled together and sunk in the lake to create underwater fish structures. The structures serve a variety of purposes, such as providing feeding areas for fish of all ages, providing areas of refuge for small fish and are excellent fishing areas for anglers.
“The Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff and local volunteers do a great job in maintaining the congregators in Rend Lake that serve as an enhancement for the sport of fishing here in Southern Illinois,” Bryant stated.
Maps showing the location of the fish congregators are available at the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department office, 800 S. 27th St., or at the Army corps of Engineers web site, www.mvs.usace.army.mil/rend/New/WhatsNew.htm.
Christmas trees left at the drop off sites and not used at Rend Lake will be mulched by the Public Works Department.