In a change from previous years, Buffalo city officials are asking residents to transport their Christmas trees to the Johnson County landfill and cease dumping trees in the Prosinski Park parking lot.

Although the city of Buffalo will move the trees that have been dumped in the parking lot this year to the landfill, officials would like it to be the last year they have to do so, according to City Clerk-Treasurer Julie Silbernagel.

According to Silbernagel, past mayors have supported dumping the trees in the parking lot, even going so far as informing residents to do so. With shrinking revenues, the city now asks that residents take their trees to the landfill, which will accept trees for free and compost them, Silbernagel said.

Some trees have already been taken to the parking lot of Prosinski Park, forcing the city to continue the practice this year.

“We’re forced to pick them up now ’cause we can’t just leave them to lay there,” Silbernagel said.

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