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   As the holiday decoration come down, officials across the St. Louis area are reminding residents not to throw out their dried out Christmas trees.  Several local governments are offering recycling and tree disposal services.
   Residents in the City of St. Louis can drop off their old trees between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Forest Park (Lower Muny parking lot), O’Fallon Park (West Florissant and Holly Avenue, picnic grounds No. 4) and Carondelet Park (near Grand Avenue and Holly Hills Drive). 
   Residents in St. Louis County who live in areas without yard waste pick-up services can take trees to one of four commercial locations at a charge of $1.  Those are ORMI Fort Bellefontaine Compost, 13060 County Park Road (Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); Route 66 Landscape Supply Center, 18900 Franklin Road (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.); St. Louis Composting, 39 Old Elam Avenue in Valley Park (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 11294 Schaeffer Road in Maryland Heights (weekdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
   There are tree dispoal facilities for St. Charles County residents in Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters and Wentzville. For more information, go to www.stcharlescitymo.gov or call 636-949-3262.
   In Jefferson County, there are locations in Crystal City, High Ridge and Hillsboro. For more information, go to www.jeffcomo.org.
   Metro-east residents can drop off trees at several locations in in Madison County. For more information, go to www.madisoncountyrecycles.com or call 618-296-6647.  There are also several sites in St. Clair County. For more information, go to www.co.st-clair.il.us.
 
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   Smoke from a blaze at a recycling plant could cause problems for some drivers in the Earth City area Friday morning.  Smoke was reported to be hanging over Highway 370 near Missouri Bottom Road just before sunrise.  

   The fire began in large mulch piles along Missouri Bottom Road near Earth City Expressway around midnight.  As of 5 a.m., fire crews were still trying to put it out.  

   Hazelwood police had blocked several local roads around that fire scene.

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