Don’t leave your tree decorations hanging along Loop 360

(USE THIS PHOTO SECONDARY) Volunteer Michele Hewlett-Gomez, of the Sierra Club, removes holiday decorations from the cedar trees along the Highway 360 roadway. Keep Austin Beautiful, a non-profit organization, hosted their 4th Annual Highway 360 Cleanup Saturday January 9, 2016 to restore the highway back to its unadorned and natural state prior to the holidays. Volunteers nearing 100 spread out from U.S. 183 south to Bee Caves Rd. to un-decorate the many cedar trees of holiday ornaments, etc. What can be saved will be donated to area charities and the trash picked up by the Austin Resource Recovery. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Volunteer Michele Hewlett-Gomez removes decorations from the cedar trees along the Highway 360 roadway during the 4th Annual Highway 360 Cleanup Saturday January 9, 2016 to restore the highway back to its unadorned and natural state prior to the holidays. 
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

Now that Christmas has passed, here’s a friendly reminder to revisit those festive trees along Loop 360 for a cleanup.

Locals have helped make decorating a tree alongside the Hill Country highway one of Austin’s spirited traditions during the holidays.

While some trees stick to more traditional decor like garland and bows, others get more creative with themes and larger adornments.

The practice makes for a merry view while driving, but also causes litter to build up when Christmas comes and goes but the decorations aren’t removed. There’s an easy solution: If you decorate a tree or know someone who did, remember to go back and “undecorate” it. It’s the Earth-friendly thing to do.

Here’s 10 pics that’ll help you preserve the holiday spirit:

1. This wine-lovers tree inspired by the gift we all wanted for Christmas

Is anyone surprised that this is our tree on 360? #360trees #cheers #winos #lovethesillystuff

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2. A tree inspired by ole Saint Nick

 

3. A nature-inspired tree that’s anything but crunchy

Our nature friendly CapTX Christmas Tree 🎄 #familyfun #360trees

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4. This tree topped with a golden bow

#360trees #christmastree #bestwaytospendalunchbreak #firsttreetogether

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5. This simple tree that gets the job done

 

6. This fiesta-inspired tree complete with maracas

 

7. This tree with all the fixins

 

8. This tree that glistens like gold

When in Austin be like an Austinite and decorate a Christmas tree along 360 highway. 📷: @kt1253

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9. This tree with a Hill Country view

 

10. And this set of trees that complete with ducks, snow flakes and Pac-Man characters

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