LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Give the community a gift this holiday season by recycling your Christmas tree.
The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee manages more than 30 drop-off locations throughout Southern Nevada.
The partnership of local businesses and community agencies will run the recycling program from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15, with the recycled trees chipped into mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the community.
“Trees are a valuable organic material that can be chipped into mulch and keep our local parks beautiful year-round,” said Tara Pike-Nordstrom, UNLV recycling manager and member of the Christmas Tree Recycling Committee. “Plus, with convenient locations throughout Southern Nevada, it’s easier than ever to participate.”
More than 16,000 trees were recycled last year into 141 tons of nutrient-rich mulch, according to a program spokesperson.
Local landfill volume has been spared nearly ten school buses, with more than 243,000 trees recycled since the community-based program began counting trees in 2001.
Las Vegas Boy Scout Troop 96 and Cub Scout Pack 219 will also be collecting trees to recycle for residents who want to recycle but unable to drop off their trees.
The scouts earn a conservation badge and raise funds for their organizations.
Mulch from the trees will be available to be picked up at the Pecos Legacy Park from Dec. 28 to Jan. 14 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The North Las Vegas Research Center and Demonstration Orchard, along with the Lifelong Learning Center, will also have various pickup times that can be confirmed by calling 702-222-3130.