Recycle Your Christmas Trees

POSTED: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm

The Environmental Services Department of the City of El Paso wants to give away free pine mulch. Of course, the only way to do that is if El Pasoans are willing to drop off their Christmas trees at a Citizen Collection Station. There are 5 locations open Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at: 121 Atlantic(off Doniphan), 2492 Harrison @ Alabama, 9000 Escobar @ Zaragosa, 4200 Delta and 4501 Hondo Pass.
Residents that want to take advantage of this "Christmas Tree Recycling" service must remove all lights, decorations and stands from the tree before dropping the items off. There is no need to present a water bill as proof of residency, but the city will only be accepting trees until January 10th. This is a free service that the city hopes will eliminate the trees from being discarded to the landfills, the city's alleys and open spaces or deserts around the county.
The by-product of this holiday icon is a mulch that can be used in gardens or decorative landscaping features for months to come. There is even a fresh pine scent that could be useful in households as an air freshener. The mulch is free to pick up and any amount may be removed. The mulch will be available until the supply runs out.
For more information on the Environmental Services Department, call 621-6700.

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