As the holiday season comes to a close, officials with Keep Casper Beautiful urge Casper, Mills and Evansville residents to dispose of their Christmas trees properly.

Keep Casper Beautiful officials say eight tree recycling locations have been set up across Casper, Mills and Evansville.

Beth Andress, an administrative coordinator with Keep Casper Beautiful, says trees must be cleared of decorations prior to disposal.

“All tinsel, lights and other decorations must be removed," Andress said. “They need to have everything removed so that, when it goes through the chipper, it doesn’t create problems.”

Andress says a program is available for individuals who cannot physically take their tree to one of the eight area drop-off sites.

“You can call the solid waste office and be put on the list for curbside pickup, and that’s for city of Casper trash customers only,” Andress said. “Appointments are limited and need to be made fairly quickly after the holiday.”

Andress says some pick-up restrictions do apply. The city's solid waste office can be contacted at (307) 235-8246.

Casper tree drop-off locations include: The Paradise Valley swimming pool, the ball field at 13th and Sycamore, Mike Sedar Park, the University of Wyoming County Agriculture Building, Viking Court, the Soccer Complex on East K Street and at the city’s compost yard.

Mills residents can drop off their trees at a location across from the Mills Town Hall. Evansville residents can drop off their trees at the compost yard off 5th Street.

Trees will be accepted at all drop-off locations until January 31.

Tree recycling tips can be found at the National Christmas Tree Association's website.