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Christmas Trees from Helena to be Recycled in Canyon Ferry

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Christmas is over and you still probably have that browning Christmas tree in your living room that you are done using, well the City of Helena is taking those trees and making sure they are put to good use, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller has more.

As much as we love to look at them, real Christmas trees can't sit in your living room forever, soon the City of Helena will be making the rounds picking them up and disposing of them.

"Starting January 2nd we will be going curbside to pick up Christmas trees put them out where ever your garbage container is or garbage is picked up." said Kim Carley from the Waste Transfer Station.

Besides sticking your tree out on the curb you can also bring them to the Solid Waste Transfer Station in Helena just north of Carroll College for a $7.00 fee or simply bring your permit. So your tree is disposed of, ever wonder what happens to it? Well the city of Helena recycles the clean trees.

"We take Christmas trees and turn them into perch habitat more specifically perch spawning structure." said Adam Stranger from Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. 

The 3,500 trees recycled from the Transfer Station are bound to make 40 giant wreaths that are then brought to Canyon Ferry Lake to create an artificial habitat structure.

"We string them all together with a big cable, lift them with a helicopter, place them in the center of the reservoir and once they get water logged they sink after about two to three weeks, the reservoir fills up and they sink to the bottom and you never see them again." continued Stranger.

This tree recycling has been going on for years and could be a cause as to why the perch population has increased.

"We are doing some research projects right now to kind of quantify how much influence this has on the perch population, but there is some influence we do know they use them and we know that it is a really greatly supported project within the community." said Stranger.

You can expect those retiring Christmas trees to be picked up between January 2nd and 31st.

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