Mérida mayor tells you how to dispose of your Christmas tree

The city government encourages Mérida residents to recycle Christmas trees at one of seven locations. Photo: File

Has your evergreen worn out its welcome? Mérida City Hall has announced its 2021 Christmas tree collection drive.

The city is encouraging residents to drop off their Christmas trees at one of seven locations every day from Jan. 7 to 31, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Courtesy: www.merida.gob.mx

The collected Christmas trees will be composted and used to fortify city parks and other green spaces. The project is part of the Merida Sustentable initiative spearheaded by Mayor Renán Barrera Concha.

“These kinds of initiatives have transformed Mérida into a model for sustainability on the national and international stage,” Barrera Concha said.

Public Services Director José Enrique Collado Soberanis asked Merida residents to avoid cramming Christmas trees into a garbage bag, much less dispose of them on streets, empty lots or sidewalks. 

In recent years, the city government has championed several sustainability efforts, such as programs designed to promote the use of bicycles, urban gardening and recycling through its Punto Verde program.

With information from Diario de Yucatán

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.