Beginning January 4, recycle your Christmas tree for free.

Denver Recycles released information about its upcoming Treecycle program. The annual event encourages Denver residents to drop off their discarded Christmas tree. The trees are recycled into mulch and given away to residents for free at the Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in May. 

A calendar of information for the Treecycle program.
Courtesy of Denver Recycles (Facebook)

The 2021 Treecycle collection begins on January 4 and goes on until January 15. Here's how you can recycle your tree with Denver Recycles: 

  • Remove all ornaments, lights, and decorations from your tree, including the stand. The program only accepts real trees, not artificial ones. 
  • Put your Christmas tree out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day between January 4 and 15. Place the tree at least two feet away from structures and carts. Don't put it inside a bag or in a collection cart. 
    • Curb customers can place their tree in the same location as their trash cart. 
    • Alley customers should place the tree behind their property. 
  • Head to the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in May to collect free mulch from discarded Christmas trees!

Denver officials remind residents that Extra Trash Collection is suspended for two weeks during the Christmas tree collection. If you aren't able to participate, there are two drop-off locations available to drop off your tree for free: 

  • Cherry Creek Recycling (7352 E. Cherry Creek Drive South)
  • Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Road)

Did you know you can also recycle your broken or burned lights? Until January 19, you can drop them off at the following locations: 

  • Cherry Creek Recycling (7352 E. Cherry Creek Drive South)
  • Blue Star Recyclers (953 Decatur Street)

Have you participated in Denver's Treecycle program in the past? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.