El Paso, Teller counties offer Christmas "Treecycle" locations

By Matt Steiner Updated: December 27, 2013 at 3:05 am • Published: December 26, 2013 | 5:20 pm 0
photo - The "Treecycle" program provides locations for the safe disposal of Christmas trees. In this 2012 photo, Manitou Springs High School band members add another tree to the pile. These trees were chopped into mulch. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
The "Treecycle" program provides locations for the safe disposal of Christmas trees. In this 2012 photo, Manitou Springs High School band members add another tree to the pile. These trees were chopped into mulch. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Now that Christmas is over, one big question remains: What does one do with that tree that is nothing but a needle-shedding nuisance?

El Paso County will have six locations open on the weekends of Jan. 4-5 and Jan. 11-12 as part of its "Treecycle" program for those who want to safely dispose of natural Christmas trees.

Disposal will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various trailheads, parks and Sky Sox Stadium.

The locations are: the Baptist Road trailhead at Baptist Road and Old Denver Highway just south of Monument; the Falco trailhead southwest of Woodmen and and McLaughlin roads; Cottonwood Creek Park at Dublin Boulevard and Montarbor Drive; Sky Sox Stadium at Barnes Road and Tutt Boulevard; Rock Ledge Ranch near the eastern entrance to Garden of Gods Park; and Memorial Park east of downtown Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard.

Rocky Top Resources, 1755 E. Las Vegas St., will have a "Treecycle" site with extended hours. The site will be open Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The county suggests a $5 donation per tree to benefit youth sports programs

All trees will be ground into mulch at the sites. Free mulch is available at all locations.

Manitou Springs High School, 405 El Monte Place, will have a "TreeCycle Fundraiser" to benefit the band program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 29, and Jan. 1, 4 and 5. Donations will be accepted.

Christmas tree recycling in Teller County is being spearheaded by Teller County Waste. The company has a large bin behind the Woodland Park City Hall that can be used anytime. A spokesperson for Teller County Waste said the container will be at that location until Jan. 6. The trees will be turned into mulch.

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