After the last present has been opened and the fruitcake and eggnog are but Christmas memories, don't just toss your tree in the trash and let it rot in a landfill.
Instead, the city of Henderson is urging residents to make use of its free Christmas tree recycling program. From Wednesday until Jan. 17, you may drop your tree off at the following locations:
Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego St.; Anthem Hills Park, 2256 N. Reunion Dr.; Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, 298 Arroyo Grande Blvd.; Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr.; Morrell Park, 500 Harris St.; Pecos Legacy Park, 150 Pecos Rd.; and Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr.
You must remove decorations from your tree as they are not recyclable. Also, flocked trees cannot be recycled.
"Last year we recycled 3,970 holiday trees," said Doug Guild, Parks superintendent, city of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. "Recycling makes sense because holiday trees are all natural and biodegradable, while mulch provides important nutrients for other trees and plants so they can thrive in our harsh desert environment."
The trees will be chipped into mulch for use in parks and landscaping around Henderson municipal buildings. For more information, visit www.cityofhenderson.com/parks.
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