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Recycled trees keep giving

by Sheila Gardner

Residents who would like their Christmas trees recycled have that option this week in a program offered by Douglas County Parks and Recreation, South Tahoe Refuse and Douglas Disposal.

People are asked to place their Christmas trees on the curb next to their trash cans on the regular pickup day Monday through Friday in Carson Valley and at Lake Tahoe.

Residents without trash pickup may place their trees next to their neighbors with service for this week only.

Parks superintendent Craig Burnside said the recycling program has been offered for about 10 years.

“What makes our program really unique is the fact that we do it in partnership with Douglas Disposal. They dedicate a truck during that one week and do nothing other than pick up trees,” he said. “All you have to do is drag it out to the curb.”

In other communities, Burnside said, residents are responsible for bringing their trees to the collection sites.

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Due to costs, free tree pickup will be offered this week only.

After that, residents may place trees out for pickup, but they won’t be recycled.

Burnside encouraged residents to participate. Each year, about 3,000 trees are chipped, he said.

“It goes to prevent soil erosion and conserve water rather than take up space in the landfill,” he said.

The majority of the tree chips were used for erosion control at Kahle Park. Chips also were used for the parking lot areas at Stodick Park.

Trees must be cut into 6-foot lengths or less to fit in collection trucks. The trees also must be stripped of tinsel, lights, nails and stands before pickup. Flocked trees will not be accepted because they gum up the chippers.

The parks division also has Lake and Valley collection points for residents who want to drop off their trees:

— Lampe Park, Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville

— Johnson Lane Park, Stephanie Lane, Johnson Lane area

— Topaz Ranch Estates Park, Carter Way, TRE area

— Ranchos Aspen Park, Muir Drive, Gardnerville Ranchos

— Fairgrounds, Pinenut Road

— Zephyr Cove Park, Warrior Way

— Kahle Community Park, Kingsbury Grade and Highway 50

For information, contact the parks division at 782-9828.

— Sheila Gardner can be reached at sgardner@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 214.