Per the IBJ: City officials said Monday that park gates are once again open to Christmas trees for mulching.
The decision reverses an unpopular new policy that required residents to recycle their trees curbside.
“In response to feedback from residents across Marion County, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that it will restore its live Christmas tree collection program at Indy Parks,” the department announced in a news release.
Trees can be dropped off immediately at eight parks until Jan. 31, but residents can continue to recycle curbside, as well.
It was the first time in more than a decade that the city didn’t accept trees in parks for recycling, and it proved confusing to residents. At Broad Ripple Park, for example, residents have discarded about 30 trees in a heap despite a sign explaining that it was not a drop-off site anymore.
Indy Christmas tree program under fire from recycling advocates
The city tried the new program because officials thought it would be more convenient for residents to drag their trees to the curb rather than truck them to the park. But the curbside program also required people to cut trees into portions less than 4 feet long and wrap them with twine or rope.
The change left Indianapolis as the only one of six major cities in the region not providing a public tree recycling program this year.
The eight parks for recycling trees are:
•Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.
•Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.
•Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive.
•Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road.
•Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road.
•Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive.
•Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.
•Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St.
The The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recently recognized Butler University (Official Page) for her community engagement!
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8, because very low temperatures will make it unsafe for crews and DPW equipment.
Residents on Wednesday routes will have a double pick-up next week.
Here is the new schedule for this week and next:
DPW will monitor weather conditions closely and will not resume trash pick-up until temperatures rise enough to ensure employee safety.
For more information or to report any trash related issues, please use RequestIndy online or the mobile application on your smart phone, visit www.indy.gov/dpw or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.
Neighbors we’ve received a few reports that packages have been stolen off homeowners porches recently. Please keep an eye out and REPORT all incidents — or suspicious people to the police (317-327-3811)!
The proposed Digital Billboard Ordinance (Prop 250-2014) was postponed to another meeting, most likely in January. Stay tuned for more information as we follow this ordinance — and if you haven’t already, please share your opinion with our City County Councillor, Monroe Gray (317-327-4242) or !
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