LAYTON -- Your neighbors' Christmas tree could be part of your spring mulch.
Through January, the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District will accept Christmas trees free of charge.
"We do encourage people to take their (Christmas) lights off of them before they drop them off," said Nathan Rich, CEO and executive director of the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District.
The district serves Davis and Morgan counties, and Hill Air Force Base.
The trees can be dropped at the Layton landfill at 1997 N. 3500 West. The service is one the district has been offering for at least the past 12 years, officials said.
The Weber County Compost Facility, at 2594 W. Pioneer Road, also receives live trees at a minimum $3 charge per vehicle.
At both locations the trees are ground into a variety of compost and sold to residents as mulch.
"We don't get as many (trees) as we used to," said Gary Laird, director of solid waste for Weber County.
Laird said the numbers have been reduced by people buying artificial Christmas trees.
In Davis County, Rich said, early on the day after Christmas, they received a large number of Christmas trees.
"We get a good slug of trees the day after Christmas from the vendors who didn't sell them," he said.
After the initial surge of live trees, Rich said, it takes a while for the trees to come in, many of them brought to the landfill through the different tree pick-up services offered by cities in Davis and Morgan counties.
The thousands of trees the landfill expects to receive this month will be ground into compost and mulch beginning in February, Rich said. The recycling effort generally generates from 500 to 600 yards of compost or wood chips that can be sold, Rich said.
"That is all recycled product to help with conservation and beautification," he said.
The district sells the wood chips for $10 a scoop and the compost for $25 a scoop, Rich said.
A scoop on average will fill the back of a pick-up truck, he said.