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​​​Christmas tree illustration (shutterstock).jpgChristmas trees cannot be discarded on the street or be left out on extensions. 

The City of Ann Arbor provides residents with four free drop-off locations for undecorated Christmas trees Monday, Dec. 15, 2015, through Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. All tree stands, nails, ornaments, tinsel and plastic bags must be removed from the trees and discarded before leaving at these sites. Once again, the parking lot adjacent to the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth near Platt Road will be available for 24/7 Christmas tree drop off. Three park locations are also available to provide more local tree-recycling options for city residents.

Drop off at these park parking lots is permitted 6 a.m.–10 p.m.: West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street; Gallup boat launch parking lot, use entrance on the so​utheast side of Geddes Road, east of Huron Parkway.

Drop off at this park is permitted only between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., due to the park's early closing time for deer control efforts: Olson Park parking lot, 1515 Dhu Varren Road, near Pontiac Trail. The collected trees will be chipped on a regular basis at the park sites.

After Jan. 31, 2016, Christmas trees must be cut, bundled and saved until the city's compost collection service resumes in April or be delivered to the Drop-Off Station, 2950 E. Ellsworth during normal operating hours, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30  p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Ann Arbor residents may deliver their trees at no charge; others without a proof of residency will be assessed a small fee.