UNLV’s Rebel Recycling Program is partnering up with local public and private organizations to recycle Christmas trees in an effort to reduce holiday landfill waste and create mulch for local parks and public gardens. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of 34 valley locations.
All donated trees will be chipped into rich organic material to be used at public gardens and parks across the valley including the Springs Preserve, City of Henderson parks, Clark County parks and City of North Las Vegas parks. As the mulch decomposes, it will provide many nutrients that plants need to remain healthy and conserve soil moisture.
Each year, it is estimated about 200,000 trees are sold in Las Vegas Valley and only about 7 percent are recycled.
This is the largest Christmas tree recycling effort in Clark County with 13 more recycling sites this year than last. Lowe’s has committed to adding drop-off sites at 11 of their 13 Clark County stores. And Boulder City will collect trees for the first time.
“We appreciate the commitment of Lowe’s to greatly increase the recycling effort in Clark County,” said Tara Pike-Nordstrom, manager of UNLV’s Rebel Recycling Program, who is heading up the county-wide effort for the second year. “We hope that Clark County residents will share in our passion and make a pledge to recycle their tree this year and help cut down on carbon emissions, beautify our local parks and conserve water.”
Las Vegas Valley residents have recycled 144,739 trees since the program started counting trees in 2001, creating more than 6,947 tons of mulch. Last winter, more than 15,500 trees were recycled, chipped, and turned into 746 tons of nutrient-rich mulch used for landscaping projects and dust control. Local landfill volume was spared 2,113 cubic yards – roughly the equivalent to the size of eight school buses.
Artificial trees are made from fossil fuel and imported from thousands of miles away, requiring more finite resources and ultimately ending up in a landfill. Fresh-cut trees, however, turn carbon dioxide into oxygen as they grow on our country’s many farms. When they are recycled they returned to nature as mulch to help conserve water, promote healthy plants and trees, and prevent dust.
For $30, 1-800-GOT-JUNK will remove your tree and vacuum up all pine needles. Services run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 26 through Jan. 15. Trees will be dropped off at one of the designated recycling drop off points.