By Patte Smith
As the holiday season winds down and the decorations get stowed, those who keep the tradition of a live tree have the choice to recycle them. Whether putting the tree curbside or taking it to recycle, here are some tips to follow:
Remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope, nails, etc. before disposing of trees. Live trees with artificial snow sprayed on the branches cannot be mulched. Below is a list of pick up / drop off locations for tree recycling, but these are subject to change. Contact phone numbers are listed below for the entities and organizations that offer recycling.
Castle Pines Boy Scout Troop 316 is hosting its annual Christmas tree recycling fundraiser on Saturday, January 5. Residents can email xmastree.troop316cpn@troopmaster or call 720-773-0193 to schedule a pick up on January 5 only. Place your bare tree with your tax-deductible donation (recommended donation is $10 - $20/tree) at curbside by 8 a.m. with your donation secured to the top of the tree.
In Castle Rock and Parker, drop-off dates are December 26 through January 31, 2019.
Castle Rock is partnering with Douglas County Parks and Recreation for the 2018-19 Christmas tree recycling program with one consolidated drop-off site.
Drop-off time/dates: Anytime December 26 through January 31, 2019.
Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive
For additional information, call the Town of Castle Rock at 303-814-7444.
Drop off dates: Anytime December 25 through January 17, 2019.
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 South Quebec Street
Dad Clark Park, 3385 Asterbrook Circle
Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle
Toepfer Park, 9480 Venneford Ranch Road
For additional information, call the Highlands Ranch Metro District at 303-791-0430 or visit www.douglas.co.us/government/departments/parks-trails-building-grounds/christmas-tree-recycling/.
Drop-off time/dates: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., December 25 through January 29, 2019.
Challenger Regional Park, 17299 East Lincoln Avenue
Salisbury Park (east paved parking lot), 12010 South Motsenbocker Road
Bayou Gulch, 4815 Fox Sparrow Road (drop-off anytime)
For more information, call the Town of Parker at 303-840-9546.
If you are unable to recycle your tree, most trash removal companies will pick up trees curbside. Check with your individual HOA management company for specific details.
Recycled tree mulch may be available on a self-serve basis on-site while supplies last for the first week in January at Fairgrounds Regional Park, Highland Heritage Regional Park, Challenger Regional Park and Bayou Gulch Park.