If your Christmas tree is anything like mine right about now, it's dried out and shedding pine needles all over the living room floor. But what should I do with the tree? Fortunately, Denver has created a program to recycle your Christmas tree into free mulch that's available to the public in May! The Treecycle program "is a great way to return a renewable and natural resource back to the environment instead of disposing it in a landfill. In landfills, organic material decomposes under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions, producing methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide."
Simply remove your decorations and stand and place the tree 4 feet away from your dumpster on either the 3rd or 9th of January if you have dumpster service. If you have barrel or manual service, place your tree out with your normal garbage collection on days between Januray 3rd through the 13th.
There are also 2 drop off sites through the end of January:
10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St. (enter gate off Havana) Mon. - Fri., 8 AM to 2 PM
Cherry Creek Transfer Station
7301 E. Jewell Ave. (enter gate on Jewell Avenue side) Mon. - Fri., 8 AM to 4 PM
Happy New Year!