Giving old Christmas trees new life |

Giving old Christmas trees new life

by Aurora Sain
Christmas tree recycling is available across from Lampe Park as seen here Wednesday.
Brad Coman |

Christmas cleanup became a lot easier for people looking for way to recycle their Christmas trees, thanks to all of the participating organizations.

“Even the folks that don’t have a scheduled pick up with us can get rid of their tree,” said Customer Service Representative for the Douglas Disposal and Recycling Services, Jennifer Ward.

People who wish for Douglas Disposal to pick up their tree need to leave it next to their trash can on their scheduled pickup day between Monday and Jan. 8.

For the people without trash pickup, all they have to do is set the tree next to a trash can of someone who does have the pickup service.

A truck separate from the trash truck will pick up the trees either before or after the trash truck and take it to a green waste-recycling center. Trees must be stripped of all decoration and tinsel, and if it is taller than 6 feet, Ward said to cut it in half in order to still be eligible for pickup. Another place accepting old Christmas trees is Douglas County Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Bently Ranch. The drop off will be across from Lampe Park, and Bently Ranch will use the trees for compost for the fields. They will be accepting trees at this location through the month of January. Both programs will be using the old Christmas trees for green waste recycling.