Denver to start recycling Christmas trees Jan. 5

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A Christmas tree left out for recycling.

A Christmas tree left out for recycling.

DENVER — Denver Christmas tree recycling will begin on Jan. 5, the city announced Tuesday.

Residents can put their trees out for recycling but they need to make sure to follow some rules.

  • Remove all decorations from the trees. No artificial trees are accepted.
  • Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January (they will be picked up by specially equipped trucks).
  • Manual and cart customers should put trees near your normal trash set out location by 7 a.m. on your trash collection days
  • Dumpster customers should put out trees in the alley by 7 a.m. on either
  • Monday Jan. 5 or Monday Jan. 12 for collection during the week.
  • Do not place trees in dumpsters or carts.
  • Trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from all obstacles for collection.

The trees will be turned into mulch and Denver residents can collect mulch free at the annual Mulch Giveaway on May 2.

Last year the city recycled more than 20,000 trees, said Denver Public Works spokeswoman Heather Burke.