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Volunteers needed for annual Christmas tree recycling program


Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful this week said they’re already on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree recyclers. The nonprofit is signing on volunteers to help with the annual tree recycling event from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10 at Bartley Ranch, Reno Sports Complex and Shadow Mountain parks.

“KTMB has been hosting our Christmas Tree Recycling for 27 years now and each year it provides an essential service to the community by giving residents a responsible way to dispose of their Christmas trees,” said KTMB’s Sophie Butler. “The success of this program every year is thanks to the wonderful volunteers who come out to help; it is a really fun and festive way to volunteer around the holidays.”

Volunteers in the program help to direct traffic flow, unload trees from cars, stack the trees in piles and take donations. Volunteers can sign up at ktmb.org/volunteer.

Trees collected are chipped into mulch, which is used for area weed abatement and landscaping projects in local parks. KTMB officials said they’ve helped to divert more than 170,000 trees from landfill since the program began.

Trees dropped off for recycling must be clear of ornaments, flocking and tinsel. A $3 donation is suggested for each tree to help cover program costs.

In addition to the three volunteer locations, three more will be hosted by Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District at area fire stations. Recycling locations are open Dec. 26 through Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Locations are:

  • Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno
  • Reno Sports Complex: 2975 N. Virginia Street, Reno
  • Shadow Mt. Sports Complex:  3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street
  • Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd
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