Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program. This year’s program will run January 4 through January 15, 2016.
By recycling your tree through Denver’s Treeycycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway & Leafdrop Compost Sale in the spring.
Here’s how easy it is to recycle your Christmas tree:
Treecycle set out instructions depend on your regular trash service type. Manual & Cart customers should set trees out at their regular trash set out locations by 7 a.m. on their trash collection day during the week of January 4th or the week of January 11th. Dumpster customers should set trees in the alley by 7 a.m. on either Monday, January 4th or Monday, January 11th and the trees will be removed during that week.
Do not place trees in trash carts or dumpsters. Trees placed in trash carts or dumpsters are mixed in with other trash and do not get recycled. Instead, trees should be placed at least two feet away from dumpsters, carts and other obstacles so that they can be accessed by the special tree-only collection trucks.
Last year, Denver residents recycled nearly 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help us recycle even more!
For more information about Treecycle, the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.
Are you interested in becoming an expert composter and recycler?
The Denver Master Composter Training Program offers Denver residents a unique opportunity to learn about composting and recycling topics, as well as the opportunity to give back to the community by sharing waste reduction information with others. Through classroom seminars and hands-on experiences, Master Composter program volunteers learn about a broad range of topics, including compost science, compost pile construction, conservation, the recycling industry and more! In return, Master Composters share their newly acquired knowledge with the broader community by leading “Learn to Compost” workshops and participating in outreach events at community gardens, schools and local farmers’ markets.
Master Composter training classes are held on Monday evenings from late February to early April. The program also includes one all-day (weekday) tour of recycling and composting facilities in early April, and two Saturday morning work days at the Compost Demonstration Site. Volunteer give-back hours are self-paced, but must be completed between May and October. Some evening and weekends may be required.
Applications for the 2016 program are accepted now through January 2016. To view more detailed program information and application details, visit dug.org/master-composter or call 303-292-9900.
Over the past several weeks a few publications around the country have chosen to print op-ed pieces opining that ‘recycling is dead’ and advocating to throw certain recyclable materials in the trash as opposed to recycling them. While these same fallacies have been around for the last 20 years and disproven by scores of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly articles, the opinion pieces still tend to get more press than any of their fact-based counterparts. To dispel some of the potential confusion about the benefits and costs of sustainable materials management, Denver Recycles would like to share a few facts about recycling. Here are four of the most common myths on the recycling industry.
For more information about recycling, background and sources for the recycling facts in this article, or if you want to ask more questions about recycling, please contact Denver Recycles at DenverRecycles@Denvergov.org.
Did you know – Americans generate 25% more waste than normal between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day? This holiday season, get creative about reining in your holiday consumption habits by finding new ways to conserve resources. To do so, Denver Recycles encourages you to reduce what you generate in the first place and to actively recycle and compost as much as possible.
Here are a few recycling reminders and waste reduction tips for the holiday season:
As you clean up after your holiday festivities, be sure to recycle correctly by ensuring that only acceptable recyclables are placed in your Denver Recycles’ purple recycling cart.
The Denver Recycles’ Roundup is a periodic news column sponsored by Denver Recycles, a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management. It includes updates on seasonal and ongoing activities related to the City and County of Denver's recycling programs. Editors are invited to publish all or part of the column; however, we request that you run major edits by our staff to ensure accuracy of the information. Questions may be directed to Denver Recycles.