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Christmas tree recycling in and around Castle Pines

By Patte Smith

The holiday festivities are officially over, and now the clean up begins. Whether putting your 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
Castle Pines Boy Scout Troop 316 is again hosting its annual Christmas tree recycling fundraiser on Saturday, January 6. Place your empty tree with your tax-deductible donation (recommended donation is $10 – $20/tree) curbside by 8 a.m. with your donation secured to the top of the tree. To schedule a pick up, call 720-773-0193 or email

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is partnering with Douglas County Parks and Recreation for the 2017-18 Christmas tree recycling program with one consolidated drop-off site. Drop-off time/dates: Anytime December 26, 2017 through January 31 at Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive. For additional information, call the Town of Castle Rock at 303-814-7444.

Highlands Ranch

Drop-off time/dates: Anytime December 25, 2017 through January 17.
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


Drop-off time/dates: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., December 25, 2017 through January 29.
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 companies for specific details.

Mulch is 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.



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