KTMB Calls Christmas Tree Recycling a Success

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RENO, NV - For the 23rd year, KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling enabled residents to recycle their family holiday trees for use in area park and fire protection projects, instead of sending them to the landfill. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) organized 300 volunteers to cover the 108 shifts needed to complete this year’s program, and residents took 10,363 trees to be recycled.

“We had really mild weather for the program this year,” said KTMB Program Manager Jaime Souza. “We saw a lot more trees this year than last year, and weather was probably a big factor. We had a great turnout, and our volunteers did a wonderful job helping people drop off their trees.”

For the third year, the NV Energy Foundation matched all donations to Christmas Tree Recycling up to $10,000, and thanks to generous recyclers, the match was met. All money remaining after covering expenses for the program will be used to clean up illegal dump sites during KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup on May 17, 2014.

Residents who still have trees can take them to R.T. Donovan Co. or Full Circle Compost for composting, or cut them into small pieces for placement in their trash receptacles. Whole trees are not picked up curbside, but can be taken to the Lockwood Landfill.

All trees taken to KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program are chipped into mulch for weed-, erosion- and fire-abatement projects in area parks and districts. If residents are interested in obtaining mulch, they can take what they need at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park’s west entrance. For more information about recycling in the Truckee Meadows, and a listing of where to recycle household and other items, residents can visit ktmb.org/recycle.

KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is sponsored by NV Energy in partnership with the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, City of Reno Urban Forestry, Sierra and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada State Bank, Tholl Fence, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, and numerous volunteer groups and individuals.

In 2014, KTMB will celebrate 25 years of stewardship in the Truckee Meadows, and KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is the sixth event in KTMB’s 25for25 Silver Celebration (#25for25). All KTMB programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home. Residents can get involved by visiting ktmb.org.