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Recycling Christmas Trees in Reno and Sparks

Recycle Your Christmas Tree and it Keeps on Giving


Christmas tree recycling in Reno, sponsored by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Christmas tree recycling in Reno, sponsored by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Photo © Stan White

Reno non-profit organization Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) sponsors the annual Christmas tree recycling effort, which helps keep them out of the landfill and discourages illegal dumping in area open spaces. The recycling program typically begins the day after Christmas and continues through the New Year until the middle of January. Other agencies and businesses lending support include City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, City of Reno Urban Forestry, Sierra and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Tholl Fence, Waste Management Recycle America, the governments of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, and NV Energy.

What Trees Can Be Recycled?

The KTMB Christmas tree recycling program accepts natural trees with all ornaments, lights, and stands removed. Flocked trees are not accepted because they clog the chippers used to turn the trees into mulch.

Where to Recycle Christmas Trees

There are three locations in the Truckee Meadows where Christmas trees are accepted during the recycling program period. Drop-off hours are between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. Dates this holiday season are December 26, 2013 through January 12, 2014. A $3 donation is requested to support this and other KTMB programs. NV Energy Foundation matches Christmas tree recycling donations. Residents may bring their household trees, but commercial businesses with five or more trees to recycle should call (775) 425-3015.

Uses for Christmas Tree Mulch

Christmas trees are recycled by mulching them with chipper machines. Local parks, landscapers, and residents then use the product in various ways to enhance our surroundings and save money with this virtually free material. Here are some suggested uses...

  • Prevent erosion.
  • Weed abatement.
  • Landscaping walkways and paths.
  • Animal bedding.
  • Insect deterrent.
  • Protect and foster growth of certain plants.*
  • Insulate soil.
  • Playgrounds.

Residents can get free mulch through the end of January. For more information, call Bartley Ranch Regional Park at (775) 828-6612 or Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at (775) 785-4512.

(*Christmas tree mulch should not be used in or around flower and vegetable gardens because of the acidity of the pine chips.)

Be a KTMB Volunteer

The Christmas tree recycling program depends on volunteers to help at the collection locations. You can sign up online and choose the location where you would like to work. For more information or to volunteer by phone, call (775) 851-5185. Christmas tree recycling is 7 days a week from December 26, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Shifts are available every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and volunteers under 18 must volunteer with an adult.

There are other KTMB community beautification and recycling programs, such as Litter Index, Waste Warriors, and Open Space Cleanups, that also depend on volunteers.

Source: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).

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