Christmas is over and now you have a wilting tree in the living room.

But rather than take it to the landfill, why not recycle it?

Recreation superintendent Brenda Haggard urges those who opted for real Christmas trees to not set them outside in the street or on the curb.

"Unless it's the first Monday of the month, the waste management trucks will not pick the tree up for disposal," she said.

An alternative is to take the trees to the Optimist Jaycee Park between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, during the annual free Christmas tree recycling event.

The trees that are collected have gone on to be mulched among other alternatives, including trees being dropped in a nearby lake to construct a fish habitat.

"We provide this service to use the Christmas trees as something that will end up being useful for the community," Haggard added.

In addition to the service being free, the first 25 people who donate their tree will receive some sort of plant for the individual to plant themselves.