The hectic holiday season is here, and between all the shopping, baking, partying and gift giving, there’s a good chance many of us may overlook an important post-season task: Once the festivities are over, what do we do with our live Christmas trees?
Sadly, many people simply throw their Christmas trees away; each year, approximately 200,000 trees are sold in Las Vegas Valley, but only about 7 percent are recycled. Yet these trees are a valuable source of organic materials that can be recycled and chipped into mulch, which in turn helps conserve soil moisture and keeps plants healthy in public gardens and parks throughout the community.
The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee, comprised of government agencies, local businesses, non-profit organizations including the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Springs Preserve, UNLV, Star Nursery, Lowe’s, Republic Services, Clark County, and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City, is once asking the community to recycle their Christmas trees.
Since 2001, Southern Nevadans have recycled more than 180,000 trees.
To participate in this free program, simply take your Christmas trees to one of more than 30 drop-off locations (a full list is available at springspreserve.org) between December 26 and January 15.
Before dropping off your tree, please 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.
If you are unable to get your tree to a drop site, do not despair. 1-800-GOT-JUNK will pick up tree for $30, and will clean up fallen needles. Call 1-800-468-5865 (1-800-GOT-JUNK) or visit 1800gotjunk.com to schedule a pick up.
In addition, Cub Scout Pack 219 will pick up trees in the Enterprise area of the Las Vegas Valley for a small fee, with proceeds benefiting the pack.
For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling Committee, visit springspreserve.org, or call (702) 822-7700. Give our community a gift and recycle your Christmas tree.