Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s 14th annual Christmas tree recycling program is underway at locations throughout Washoe County now through Jan. 16.
Residential tree recycling hours are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the following locations:
• Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
• Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno
• Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, 3300 Sparks Blvd., Sparks
• Lemmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department,130 Nectar St., Lemmon Valley
• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station No. 17, 500 Rockwell Blvd., Spanish Springs
• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station No. 16, 1240 East Lake Blvd., Washoe Valley
Trees must have decorations, lights, nails and stands removed and must be from residences. A $3 donation is requested to cover costs. The program won’t accept artificial trees or flocked trees, such as those sprayed with particles to simulate snow.
Commercial trees can be taken to R.T. Donovan Co. Inc., 1160 Pyramid Way, Sparks. Hours there are are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Those wishing to volunteer for the residential tree recycling program can sign up online with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful at http://ktmb.org/volunteer/ or call 775-851-5185.
Nearly 130,000 Christmas trees have been recycled since the program’s inception in 2003, according to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. Trees are chipped into mulch, which is used for weed abatement projects.
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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.