Collection sites abound for recycling Christmas trees
Christmas trees will be collected for recycling this holiday season throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.Valley Resource Management, the region’s cooperative recycling and waste reduction partnership, has announced that tree collection stations and curbside pickup will be provided in every town from Aspen to Silt.The trees will be chipped for use in local landscaping and composting projects.Residents are asked to prepare their discarded trees properly for the recycling effort. That means all decorations, tree stands, wire, plastic bags and nails must be removed before collection. Large trees should be cut in half.Once cleaned, trees can be recycled in the following manner:Pitkin County – Upvalley tree recycling opportunities are sponsored by Pitkin County Resource Recovery, Colorado Resource Management and Aspen Excavation & Demolition. Trees may be taken to the Pitkin County Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays throughout the year. For more information, call 920-5215.Aspen – A drop box will be provided at the Rio Grande Recycling Center through Sunday, Jan. 9.Snowmass Village – The town will collect trees with other curbside trash the two Wednesdays after Christmas. For more information call 923-5110.Basalt – A drop box will be provided in the parking lot at Arbaney Park through Sunday, Jan. 9.El Jebel – A drop box will be provided in the City Market parking lot through Sunday, Jan. 9.Carbondale – Trees may be dropped off just east of Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., until Thursday, Jan. 20.Glenwood Springs – Christmas trees collected in Glenwood Springs will be taken to the South Canyon Landfill to be chipped into CacaLoco’s composting facility located at the landfill.Drop-off boxes will be provided by BFI at the following Glenwood Springs locations from Wednesday, Dec. 29 until Friday, Jan. 14: Glenwood Springs Mall near the southeast corner of the parking lot; True Value at the southeast corner of the parking lot and GWS Roping Arena west of the Glenwood Springs Airport.Curb-side tree collection in Glenwood will be provided on Saturday, Jan. 8 by volunteers from the Bureau of Land Management for city residents and unincorporated West Glenwood Springs. Residents should have trees cleaned and place at the curb by 9 a.m.New Castle/Silt – The towns will provide a drop-off location. Details will be provided shortly.
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