Volunteers needed for program; trees recycled into mulch for area parks
RENO, NV - For the 23rd year, KTMB's Christmas Tree Recycling program is underway at three locations for residents ready to recycle their trees: Bartley Ranch Regional Park and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. The drop-off will be at a new location – in the Pagoda parking lot – at Rancho San Rafael this year.
"Our volunteers look forward to this program every year," said Jaime Souza, program manager at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). "Everyone is in the holiday spirit, and you come home smelling like Christmas trees. But with about 10,000 people recycling trees every year, we always need more help."
Locations will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, and groups or individuals who are interested in volunteering can sign up at ktmb.org/volunteer. Trees must be free of any decorations, tinsel, lights, stands, and not flocked (covered in fake snow).
A $3 donation is asked to cover the cost of the program, and every donation is matched dollar for dollar again this year by the NV Energy Foundation. Recycled trees are chipped into mulch, and used year-round for weed- and erosion-abatement projects. Residents can also pick up free mulch at Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael after the program is over.
KTMB's Christmas Tree Recycling program is open to residents only, and no commercial drop-offs will be accepted. Commercial tree lots are encouraged to contact RT Donovan (Sparks) or Full Circle Compost (Minden) for disposal of excess trees.
In 2014, KTMB will celebrate 25 years of stewardship in the Truckee Meadows, and Christmas Tree Recycling is the sixth event in KTMB's 25for25 Silver Celebration (#25for25). KTMB's Christmas Tree Recycling is sponsored by NV Energy and is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in partnership with the cities of Reno and Sparks, City of Reno Urban Forestry, City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, Washoe County, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Sierra and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Waste Management, YP, Allied Nevada Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, IGT, Nevada State Bank, Signature Landscapes, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Tholl Fence, Washoe County Health District, Wells Fargo, 100.1 The X, and numerous volunteer groups and individuals.