Either a growing number of El Paso County residents are going artificial or fewer people are just not using the county’s Christmas tree recycling program.
Called TreeCycle, trees are shredded into mulch for a donation of at least $5.
The funds are used to pay for the program and for Colorado Springs Youth Sports Inc. and the El Pomar Youth Sports Park to support youth sports programs, according to a press release.
While the numbers of shredded Christmas trees grew the first few years, there’s been a recent slowdown, said David Rose, El Paso County spokesman.
“The number of trees recycled increased steadily from 2004-2010, but has actually been dropping slowly since 2010. Increased use of man-made trees is a contributing factor,” Rose said.
In 2010, there were 4,020 trees recycled. The next year, the number dropped to 3,997. There were 3,883 trees recycled last Christmas.
Still, the program continues to be successful. This year, trees will be accepted Dec. 29, 30, and Jan. 5, 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following sites.
- Baptist Road Trailhead: Baptist Road and Old Denver Highway
- Falcon Trailhead: Southwest of Woodmen Road and McLaughlin Road
- Cottonwood Creek Park: Dublin Boulevard and Montarbor Drive
- Sky Sox Stadium: Barnes Road and Tutt Boulevard
- Rock Ledge Ranch: Gateway Road (to Garden of the Gods) and 30th Street
- Memorial Park: Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard
- Rocky Top Resources: 1755 E. Las Vegas Street
Rocky Top has extended hours from Dec. 29-31 and from January 2-31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.
For more information, go to www.TreecycleCOS.org, www.elpasoco.com, or call 520-7878.
Woodland Park offers free recycling to city residents through Jan. 13. Trees can be brought to the dumpster off of Lake Street behind city hall 24-hours-a-day.
A spokesman stressed that the dumpster is only for city residents.
For more information, please call 687-5293.