Christmas Tree Recycling

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Now that Christmas is over, El Paso and Pueblo Counties are ready to take your tree and turn it into mulch!

Here is tree recycling information for El Paso County residents:


  • January 3rd & 4th
  • Jan. 10th & 11th
  • from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • MCI at 30th St. & Garden of the Gods
  • Memorial Park at Union and Pikes Peak
  • Sky Sox Stadium at Powers and Tutt (take Barnes to Tutt)
  • Cottonwood Park at Dublin and Montarbor
  • Don's Garden Shop at Powers and Highway 24
  • Rocky Top Resources at Four Seasons and Reliable Circle (behind the Sheraton Hotel)

    Contact El Paso County Solid Waste Management at 575-8450

    There is a $5 fee per tree. Proceeds go to the Christmas Tree Recycling Program and Community Youth Sports Programs
    Mulch is available for free at all locations

    Here is tree recycling information for Pueblo County residents:

    Jan. 3 & 4
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    State Fairgrounds Gate 8 at Small and Euclid

    Free mulch will be available on Jan. 5-6 after 11 a.m. while it lasts Extended Web Coverage

    Christmas Tree Recycling

    In a national survey, 66-percent of consumers who selected a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled theirs in community programs. Real Christmas Trees are recycled for five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest trees. These are:

  • Chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails)
  • Beachfront erosion prevention
  • Lake and river shoreline stabilization
  • Fish habitat
  • River delta sedimentation management

    Today around 98-percent of Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recycle resource, and Real Trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and/or pumpkins are cultivated for harvest.

    For each Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to two new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

    The cycle of environmental benefits that Real Christmas Trees provide, begins when 35 million American families choose to celebrate the holiday season with a fresh Real Tree. Then the trees are given back to the environment in recycling programs; and finally new seedlings are planted in the Spring. This year, over 70 million new seedlings will be planted by Christmas Tree farmers all over America.

    Contact your local tree farm or paper to find out how you can recycle your tree this year and give back to your community.

    Source: (The National Christmas Tree Association Web site) contributed to this report