Ninth Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Helps Southern Nevadans Opportunity To Give Back To

Free program allows residents to turn Christmas trees into mulch starting December 26
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Free program allows residents to turn Christmas trees into mulch starting December 26
LAS VEGAS, NV – Recycle your Christmas tree and bring it a second life as a gift to the community. Each holiday season the Springs Preserve partners with local public and private organizations to reduce holiday landfill waste and to create much needed mulch for local parks and public gardens through the recycling of Christmas trees.  Beginning Sunday, December 26 and continuing through Saturday, January 15, Las Vegans are encouraged to drop off their discarded Christmas trees at one of 21 convenient locations throughout the city.

From the programs inception in 2001, Las Vegas valley residents have recycled 78,754 trees saving 10,500 cubic yards of landfill space and creating 685 tons of mulch! Since 2006 residents have broken the 10,000 tree mark each year and nearly 12,000 trees were recycled in the 2009-10 season. The chipped trees were turned into 117 tons of nutrient rich mulch and local landfill volume was spared 114 tons.

“It may seem as if artificial trees are a sustainable alternative to farmed, fresh cut Christmas trees, but actually the opposite is true,” said Aaron Micallef, Education Program Supervisor at the Springs Preserve. “Artificial trees are often imported from thousands of miles away utilizing fossil fuels to be transported and when the trees wear out they ultimately end up in a landfill. Recycled fresh cut trees are returned to nature as mulch, helping to beautify our local parks.”

Assisting Las Vegans with tree pick up, 1-800-GOT-JUNK will come by your home between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning December 26 through January 15.  For $30 they will remove your tree and vacuum up all pine needles in your home.  Trees will be dropped off at one of the designated recycling drop off points. Customers can call 1-800-468-5865 (1-800-GOT-JUNK) 24 hours a day to schedule a pick up, or book their appointment on-line at receive a $10 on-line booking discount.

In addition to focusing the efforts of Las Vegas residents, with the help of tree lot operator Linda Maplethorpe, the Christmas Tree Recycling Program is placing special attention on tree lot and retail operators by asking them to recycle unsold trees.

All donated trees will be chipped into rich organic material to be used at public gardens and parks across the valley including the Springs Preserve, City of Henderson parks, Clark County parks and City of North Las Vegas parks.  As the mulch decomposes, it will provide many nutrients that plants need to remain healthy and conserve soil moisture.

Before dropping trees off, all non-organic material such as lights, ornaments, wires, tinsel and nails must be removed as foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper.  Flocked (sprayed artificial snow covered) trees cannot be recycled.  Cut Christmas trees may be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Acacia Park               Anthem Hills Park
50 Casa Del Fuego            2256 Reunion Dr.
Henderson               Henderson (Anthem)

Aviary Park                Bruce Trent Park
6650 Aviary Way            8851 Vegas Dr.
North Las Vegas (Aliante)         Las Vegas

Carl’s Jr. Parking Lot            Centennial Hills Park
607 W. Craig Road            7101 N. Buffalo Dr.
North Las Vegas            Las Vegas

Cheyenne Sports Complex         Desert Breeze Park   
3500 E. Cheyenne            8275 Spring Mountain Rd.      
North Las Vegas            Las Vegas

Mission Hills Park            Mountain Crest Park   
551 Mission Drive            4701 N. Durango
Henderson               Las Vegas

Morrell Park               Nellis Air Force Base
500 Harris St. (at Basic Road)         Recycling Center, Bldg. 461   
Henderson               North Las Vegas

NV Division of Forestry Nursery      Pecos Legacy Park   
In Floyd Lamb State Park         150 Pecos Rd.
9600 Tule Springs Road             Henderson   
(US 95 N at Durrango)

R.C. Willey               Seastrand Park
3850 S. Town Center Drive (at 215)      6330 Camino Eldorado   
Summerlin               North Las Vegas

Springs Preserve             Southern Highlands   
333 S. Valley View            12200 Southern Highlands Parkway   
Las Vegas               Las Vegas   

Sunset Park                UNLV Rebel Recycling
2601 E. Sunset               Flamingo & Swenson (S/E corner)
Las Vegas               Las Vegas

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center
1575 Galleria Drive

Christmas Tree Recycling Program Partners
The Christmas Tree Recycling program is a partnership throughout the valley between the following organizations: City of Henderson, City of North Las Vegas, City of Las Vegas, Clark County Parks and Recreation, Clear Channel Outdoor, Conservation District of Southern Nevada, Desert Green, Environmental Ink, Evergreen Recycling, First Choice Tree Service, Las Vegas Color Graphics, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Maplethorpe’s Christmas Trees, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Nevada Division of Forestry, Opportunity Village, PAR 3 Landscape & Maintenance, Inc., Pro Tree Services, Republic Services, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Springs Preserve, Star Nursery, Station Casinos, Summerlin, UNLV Rebel Recycling, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Vermeer Sales Southwest, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

For more information, contact the Springs Preserve at 702.822.7705 or visit
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