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:
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
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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:
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: http://www.realchristmastrees.org/home.html (The National Christmas Tree Association Web site) contributed to this report