Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program, which runs January 5 through January 16, 2015.
By recycling your tree through the Treeycycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway in the spring.
Here’s how to recycle your Christmas tree:
1. Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked trees. Real evergreen trees only!
2. Set your tree out for collection during the first two full weeks of January. Your tree will get picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling.
3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Please note, collection days and set-out locations depend on your trash service type. Manual & Cart customers should set trees out at their trash set-out locations by 7 a.m. on their trash collection day during the week of January 5 or the week of January 12. Dumpster customers should set trees in the alley by 7 a.m. on either Monday, January 5 OR Monday, January 12 for collection sometime during the respective week.
Do not place trees in carts or dumpsters. Trees placed in dumpsters are mixed in with other trash and do not get recycled. Instead, trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from dumpsters and other obstacles for collection by the special tree-only collection truck.
Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees.
For more information about Treecycle, the Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.