Christmas tree recycling is easy, environmentally friendly

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When the holidays come to a close and Christmas trees drop their needles, it's time to recycle them and help beautify the community.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation and the City of Littleton will offer free Christmas tree recycling at two locations: Willow Spring Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St., Centennial, and Cornerstone Park, 5150 S. Windermere St., Littleton.

Trees are accepted for recycling from sunrise to sunset from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 in the parking lot at Cornerstone, or in the designated enclosure by the front gate at Willow Spring.

All decorations need to be removed from the tree, including lights, ornaments, garland, tinsel and stands.  If the tree is wrapped in a plastic bag, it must be removed at drop off. Flocked or artificial trees and yard refuse will not be accepted. Most trash and waste removal companies do not accept Christmas trees, so district residents are encouraged to take advantage of this free program.

The trees will be mulched and used in landscaping throughout the district and the city. Residents can obtain free mulch beginning Dec. 28. The mulch will be available weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Willow Spring site.

Mulch is available from the City of Littleton throughout the year at the northwest corner of South Prescott Street and West Prentice Avenue. Residents are responsible for loading and are encouraged to bring bags or trash cans and a shovel or pitchfork.

Call South Suburban at 303-721-8478 or the City of Littleton at 303-795-3863 for information.

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