Christmas tree recycling begins Jan. 9

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By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos County Eco Station will collect Christmas trees curbside from Jan. 9-19.

If residents miss that date, residents can bring the tree to the Eco Station or call for a special pick up that will cost $25.

Pickup coincides with resident’s trash pickup days. The trees must be placed a short distance from the trash bin to allow for easy pickup.  Residents must remove ornaments, tinsel and other decorations from the tree before putting it curbside.

The collected trees will be made into mulch and compost that will then be available to the public.

The Eco Station is just accepting Christmas trees during that timeframe. No other brush, leaves or other trimmings will be accepted. Plastic trees also will not be accepted.

The compost is free if residents load it themselves. It’s $3 a cubic yard if an employee at the Eco Station does the loading.

The Eco Station also takes old and broken Christmas lights, but the county asks that residents bring them to the station, rather than put them in the recycling bins.

“We ask they don’t put them in their bins because they tangle up the equipment at the recycling facility we use,” Eco Station Angelica Gurule said.

The Eco Station has a “reuse area” too, for those who want to pass on their holiday decorations to others in the community. Residents can drop the decorations off at the reuse area, where someone else can take them, free of charge.

Gurule also wants to remind residents that they can also recycle the cardboard from gift boxes.

“They can put that in their mixed recycle bin, but if it’s too big, they can bring it in to the Eco Station,” Gurule said.

The Los Alamos Eco Station is located at 3701 E. Jemez Road. The phone number is 662-8163 and the email is solidwaste@lacnm.us.