Want to get rid of that old, non-artificial Christmas tree for free after the holidays? The Davis County Energy Recovery District is offering an opportunity to do just that.

The district will accept non-artificial trees from citizens and cities through January 21 at a special location next to the burn plant, 650 E. Highway 193, in the employee's parking lot.Those bringing trees to the plant must have them separated from all other types of garbage. Even flocked trees will be accepted at no charge. Regular tipping fees will apply for all other types of dumping.

In addition, those who deliver trees to the plant will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of 50 Toro backyard composters.

Jack Schmidt, plant manager, said the disposal of the trees involves doing something that's environmentally friendly. He plans on using a wood chipper to make the trees into chips that can line the roadway leading to the plant next spring. The chips will be decorative and also cut down on weed growth.

Many cities on automated garbage systems, including Layton, do not pick up trees from residents. It is the residents' responsibility to haul the trees away.