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City of Littleton once again offering to recycle your Christmas tree

By Ramsey Scott

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to retire that Christmas tree. 

If your tree is still waiting in the corner, Littleton wants to make sure you won’t just put it out for the garbage truck. 


Littleton, along with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, will be recycling Christmas trees until Jan. 14. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, offers a way for residents to recycle trees and turn them into mulch.

“We mulch the tree, and there’s a pile of mulch (that’s) free for the public,” said Dave Flaig, Littleton’s landscape division manager. “It’s pretty heavily used.”

Flaig said that on average the Littleton recycling site processes a couple of thousand trees annually, giving the tired tannenbaums another life as mulch. 

If you’d like to recycle a tree, drop it off at either Cornerstone Regional Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street or at the South Suburban collection site at the Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St.

The sites are open during daylight hours, and the mulch is available to anyone who wants it. Just bring a shovel and a container. And make sure the star on top of the tree, along with all decorations and accessories, is removed before recycling.

“Occasionally (the trees) have a stand nailed to it,” Flaig said. “We don’t want nails in the chipper and in the mulch.”

For any questions about the program, call 303-795-3863. 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22