Wait! Don’t toss that tree!

Christmas trees can be discarded at the city lot at 4th and Pine streets in Paso Robles to contribute to the city’s free mulching service.

As in years past, the city will grind the trees into mulch, and that in turn will be dispersed to locals for free.

Locals may drop off their bare Christmas trees from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The trees can’t have flocking, tinsel, ornaments or stands, officials said.

The mulch will be available to the public beginning Jan. 11 on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday only. Appointments are required. Call 237-3873 or 237-3861. Loading and hauling is the responsibility of the individual.

— Tonya Strickland