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Recycled Christmas trees keep the Valley green

Staff Reports
Ryan Stanton, an employee with the Douglas County Parks Department throws a Christmas tree onto a recycling pile located on Waterloo Lane.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Start the new year off right, by going green.

Douglas County Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Bently Ranch to recycle the Valley’s Christmas trees.

Drop-off locations are on Waterloo Lane across from Lampe Park and at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

“It’s a good way to make use of something that usually just goes away,” said Matt McKinney, Bently Ranch general manager. “We’ll grind them up and use them in compost for our fields that will keep the Valley green for the next few years.”

Until last year, the parks department used the 4,000 Christmas trees as mulch in county parks.

“In the past, my crews have chipped them up, but we don’t have the staff to do that,” parks manager Craig Burnside said. “Recycling is important. I’d rather they get recycled and used than just dumped. We still have chips stockpiled from two years ago for use in the parks.”

Burnside requests that trees are free from ornaments, lights and stands.

“Any flocked trees, we’d rather they just get dumped,” he said. “They gum up the equipment.”

The two drop-off locations are open until Jan. 31.

For those who cannot make it to a drop-off site, Douglas Disposal is doing curbside recycling through Friday.

Place your tree curbside on your regular trash day, and a Douglas Disposal crew will take it away.

Trees longer than 6 feet need to be cut in half, and clean of all decorations, tinsel, stands and flocking. No wreaths or artificial trees can be accepted.

For more information, call Douglas Disposal at 782-5713.