TRAVERSE CITY -- Residents who've stripped away the ornaments and lights from their Christmas trees and hope to get them out of the house can drop them off at Hull Park.

Traverse City's Parks and Recreation Division will collect trees to be chipped until Jan. 18. The resulting wood chips will be used for trail surfaces at city parks and the Brown Bridge Quiet Area, as well as for mulching material and erosion control.

"We sure don’t want any wire or lights on them because it just really hurts the chipper," said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Rob Britton.

Some people dropped trees off on Friday, but most people tend to deposit trees in about a week. Once things get going, the city will have about 10 yards of Christmas tree mulch every two or three days, Britton said.

City residents can bring their trees to the boat launch parking lot at Hull Park on the west end of Hannah Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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