Lexington sanitation crews collecting natural Christmas trees through January

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Sanitation crews in Lexington are busy picking up leftover Christmas items in addition to their regular duties.

Crews will pick up trees, garlands, and wreaths. They are asking families to place natural trees on the curb the night before their regular trash collection day.

"As long as you have taken all of the ornaments, the decorations, the lights especially off of that tree, we will take that to our composting facility," said Lauren Monahan an Environmental Initiative Specialist with the Division of Waste Management:

Monahan says they'll even take old holiday lights, computers, and televisions, but you need to drop those off at the city's electronic recycling center. One thing crews see a lot of this time of year that Monahan says they can't recycle is wrapping paper.

"If you have leftover tissue paper, gift bags, and wrapping paper, those are not recyclable items unfortunately in our current program here in Lexington," Monahan explained. "Those will either need to be reused if you can do that or disposed of in the regular waste container."

The city will pick up Christmas trees through January 26.

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