RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Local nonprofit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is spreading the word about what to do with Christmas trees when it’s time to take them down.
KTMB is hosting its 25th annual Christmas Tree Recycling program through Monday, January 7.
“This program has become a fixture in our community over the past 25 years and is a really important resource for local residents,” says Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “It is a really fun and festive way to volunteer around the holidays. Since this program started, we have been able to divert over 150,000 trees from the landfill and turn them into mulch for weed abatement and landscaping projects in our parks. We have so many wonderful partners and supporters of this program, including our long time volunteers and our sponsor, NV Energy.”
KTMB encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees (ornament, flocking and tinsel-free) at one of six community drop-off locations. KTMB is collaborating with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to include additional drop-off locations in the outlying communities of Lemmon Valley, Washoe Valley and Spanish Springs.
Drop-off sites are open 9am–4:30pm:
1.Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno
2. Reno Sports Complex @ North Rancho San Rafael Park: 2975 N. Virginia Street, Reno
3. Shadow Mt. Sports Complex: 3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks
4. Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd
5. Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street
6. Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd
There is a $3 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the program.
This program is for residents only. Commercial tree lots can take their trees to RT Donovan in Sparks. Trees must be free of stands, nails, tinsel, lights, and all other decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Bartley, Rancho and Shadow Mountain locations. Sign up to volunteer here or at (775) 851-5185.
KTMB's Christmas Tree Recycling is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and is made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Washoe County Health District, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Washoe County, Nature’s Bakery, and Tholl Fence.