Recycling your holiday tree is as easy as ever thanks to Denver Recycles’ annual Treecycle program. For every tree recycled with TreecycleDenver residents help keep organic material out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create mulch that is made available to Denver residents for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.
Participating in Treecycle is easy, free, and truly a no-brainer. After the holidays, follow these easy steps to recycle your tree:
Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help Denver recycle even more!
The holiday season is here, and with it comes an increase in family gatherings, parties, food, more food, and waste! The U.S. E.P.A. estimates that American households generate 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. With all this added stuff in the waste stream, there’s never been a better time to focus on recycling and composting. The more material that can be kept out of the landfill by reducing, reusing and recycling this season, the merrier!
Make waste reduction part of your family’s holiday tradition, by reducing, reusing, recycling and composting even more this season. Here are a few tips to get you started:
For more ideas on how to reduce waste, additional information about Denver’s recycling guidelines, and details related to the seasonal recycling programs offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
The Denver Master Composter Training Program offers Denver residents a unique opportunity to learn about composting and recycling topics, and to give back to the community by sharing this information with others. Through classroom seminars and hands-on experiences, Master Composter participants study a broad range of topics, including the science behind the composting process, compost pile construction, resource conservation, and recycling. In return, Master Composters share this newly acquired knowledge with the community by teaching free “Learn to Compost” workshops and by participating in outreach events at community gardens, schools and local farmers’ markets. Through learning and giving back to the community, Master Compost volunteers also build a community of their own – one of like-minded individuals that are motivated to make positive changes in Denver.
No prior composting experience is required for this program, but all program participants must be able to commit to the following:
In-Depth Compost Education – 40 hours. Classroom sessions are held on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March through April. Additional sessions are held on weekends in late April. An all-day Friday field trip in mid-April is also required.
Community Outreach – 40 hours. Volunteer give-back hours are self-paced, but include some weeknights and weekends from May through October.
Hands-on Work Days – Ongoing. You’ll want your boots and gardening gloves for these, May through October.
The Master Composter Training Program is a significant commitment, but a very rewarding experience for those selected to participate. Applications for the 2018 program are accepted now through January 2018. To view more detailed program information and application details, visit dug.org/master-composter or call 303-292-9900.
Do you have broken, burned-out or impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights stored away with last year’s holiday decorations? Don’t throw them out – recycle them for free instead!
Denver Recycles will collect and recycle holiday lights from November 15, 2017 to January 20, 2018 at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off located near the intersection of S. Quebec St. and E. Cherry Creek South Drive (enter going south on Cherry Creek Drive South and follow the signs). The Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off hours of operation are Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM. The Drop-off is closed on Sundays, Mondays and City holidays.
Incandescent, LED, and “icicle” light strings, along with wires and attached bulbs, will be accepted for recycling. No bubble (liquid-filled) or neon lights. All packaging material and bags must be removed from the light strands prior to recycling. Don’t delay-- bring us your old holiday lights today!
Holiday lights cannot be recycled in purple carts or other regular single-stream recycling programs, but they do contain materials that are perfectly recyclable when processed appropriately. Components of your discarded lights, such as copper, brass, and plastic, will be separated and recycled into new products (possibly even new strands of holiday lights!). Just think of the energy savings you’ll see by phasing out old strands of incandescent bulbs and replacing them with energy-efficient LED holiday lights.
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT PUT LIGHTS OR BULBS IN PURPLE RECYCLE CARTS
For more information on the Recycle Your Holiday Lights program, contact Denver Recycles at 311 (720-913-1311) or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles. For more resources on saving energy and improving your home’s comfort this winter season, visit DenverEnergy.org.