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Updated: 12/25/2012 11:53 am
Christmas trees are one of the recognized traditions of the holiday season. But what happens after the holiday season? Most people simply throw their Christmas trees away, yet trees are a valuable organic material that can be recycled and chipped into mulch. This mulch is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy.

Recycling your tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community.

Drop off your Christmas tree to recycle for free at more than 20 convenient drop sites from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15. Remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Last year, Southern Nevada residents recycled more than 17,000 trees, which created 151 tons of mulch for landscaping projects at local parks. Since 2001, residents have recycled approximately 111,885 Christmas trees, or the equivalent of more than 12,600 cubic yards of solid waste, which was diverted from the landfill to a beneficial use.

Not interested in dropping your tree off? Call 800-GOT-JUNK 24 hours a day to schedule a pickup, and your tree will be dropped off at a recycling site for a fee. For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, drop sites near you, and other ways that you can celebrate sustainable holidays, visit www.springspreserve.org or www.cdsn.org/christmastreerecycling.html.

Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Locations

City of Las Vegas
Bruce Trent Park - 8851 Vegas Drive, Vegas Drive at Rampart
Sunny Springs Park - 7620 Golden Talon Ave. near Elkhorn and Farm roads

Las Vegas Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Summerlin
RC Willey - 3850 S. Town Center Drive, Town Center and 215

NV Division of Forestry Nursery
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs - 9600 Tule Springs Road, near US-95 North at Durango

Nellis Air Force Base
Recycling Center, Building 461

Clark County
Desert Breeze Park - 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango (Behind the Community Center)
Lone Mt. Park - 4445 N. Jensen, near Helena
Sunset Park - 2601 E. Sunset Road at Eastern

North Las Vegas
Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne Ave. at Pecos
Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W. Craig Road at Commerce
Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215

Henderson
Acacia Park - 50 Casa Del Fuego St., I-215 at Gibson
Anthem Hills Park - 2256 Reunion Drive at Anthem Parkway
Mission Hills Park - 551 E. Mission Drive at College
Pecos Legacy Park - 150 Pecos Road
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center - 1575 Galleria Drive, near Russell Road and Whitney Ranch Drive
Morrell Park - 500 Harris St. at Basic Road
Arroyo Grande - 298 Arroyo Grande Blvd.

UNLV Rebel Recycling Program
Flamingo & Swenson, southeast corner behind 3 solar dishes/UNLV Solar Site

Southern Highlands
12200 Southern Highlands Parkway
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