Tree recycling begins

January 2nd, 2014 at 5:05 pm by under Latest Posts

The city of Albuquerque’s Christmas tree recycling service started Thursday and it’s already been a huge success.

The event takes place each year and it’s designed to keep the trees out of the landfill.

From now until Jan. 12, residents can drop off old trees which will be put through the wood chipper and immediately made into mulch.

Folks can take that mulch home for free if they’d like.

The recycling is an effort toward the city’s goal to recycle 25 percent of the waste in Albuquerque.

“The trees take up a lot of space in the landfill and we’ve just finished rolling out those blue recycling carts to all homes in the city,” said Jill Holbert of the Solid Waste Department. “We don’t want the trees in the carts. It’s just another way to keep this material out of the landfill.”

There are three locations available to recycle trees: Eagle Rock Convenience Center, Montessa Park and Ladera Golf Course.

Last year the city says 11,000 trees were recycled.

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