The City of Bellaire is asking residents to repurpose their Christmas trees instead of putting them out with the trash.
Residents can drop off their trees at the public works parking lot, 4337 Edith St., on or before Saturday, Jan. 7 to be repurposed.
All lights and decorations must be removed from the tree prior to drop off.
The city will give the trees to The Save Our Beach Association, a non-profit organization that was founded to help protect the beaches along the Surfside Beach coastline.
Christmas trees help catch the sand and build sand dunes. The sand dunes are the first line of protection against a hurricane. Last year The Save Our Beach Association collected more than 17,000 trees. This year they hope to collect more than 21,000 trees. There is 21 miles of beach to cover and it takes approximately 1,000 trees per mile.
After the trees are collected, the county will place the trees on the beach.
On Jan. 21, The Save Our Beach Association is hosting “DUNES DAY” – a day for volunteers to come to the beach and place and stake the trees along the beach. The Save Our Beach Association along with the Brazoria County Parks Department will provide the volunteers food and drinks.