ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — With Christmas now in the rearview mirror, many families with real Christmas trees may be looking for a way to properly dispose of them.

Luckily, the Allen County Department of Environmental Management (ACDEM) is offering families a solution by encouraging residents to donate unwanted trees to ACDEM.

Live trees will not be accepted through normal garbage collections, according to the ACDEM, but families can drop off the trees at six different locations across Allen County:

  • Fort Wayne City Utilities Biosolids Handling Facility – 6202 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne
  • North Highway Department Building – 2234 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne
  • Metea County Park – 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne
  • Little River Wetlands Project – 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne
  • New Haven Utility Shop – 2201 Summit Street, New Haven
  • Monroeville Water Works Department – 200 Utility Drive, Monroeville

The Biosolids Handling Facility is currently operating under extended hours on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until Jan. 7.

The North Highway Department Building, New Haven Utility Shop and Monroeville Water Works Department are all open daily from dawn to dusk.

Lastly, Metea County Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Little River Wetlands Project is open from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Residents must remove all decorations prior to recycling, and ACDEM will not be accepting wreaths, garlands and artificial trees.

The deadline to donate recycled trees is Jan. 14.