Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is hosting its 27th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program and it ends tomorrow, Sunday, January 7. 

 “This has been an important annual program for our community” says Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “Since it started, we’ve been able to divert over 139,500 trees from the landfill and turn them into mulch for weed abatement and landscaping projects in our parks. Our volunteers who help us with this event - many who’ve been coming out every year for 20 years - find it to be a fun, festive thing to do to give back during the holidays. Everyone goes home smelling like Christmas trees!”

KTMB encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees -- ornament and tinsel free -- at one of their six community drop-off locations.

KTMB is partnering with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to include additional drop-off locations in the outlying communities of Lemmon Valley, Washoe Valley and Spanish Springs.

Drop-off locations include:

1.      Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno

2.      Rancho San Rafael Regional Park: 1595 N Sierra St, Reno

3.      Shadow Mt. Sports Complex:  3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks

4.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station 17 - Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd

5.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station 223 - Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street

6.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station 16 - Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd

If you decide to have Waste Management pick your real or artificial Christmas tree up, curbside, it is best to break it down and throw it into your garbage cart.  If it does not fit, you can break it down into three-foot-long sections that weigh less than 40 pounds, and placed into a bundle, box, or bag with an excess waste sticker on it. You can also use one of your four free dump days to dispose of them at the dump.

Waste Management is expecting a higher amount of recyclable material, now that Christmas is over. That can be anything from cardboard boxes to wrapping paper.  Not everything can be recycled though.  While Christmas lights are made out of glass, plastic and metal, they cannot be recycled.  The long cords can also get tangled in equipment, causing it to shut down.  Most wrapping paper should go into the recycle bin but, anything with metallic print cannot be separated from the paper, and should be thrown into the trash.  People should also throw away any kind of Styrofoam. Plastic is recyclable, but thin plastic bags should be thrown away.  They also can cause problems with machinery.  No matter what kind of material your Christmas ribbons are made of, they should also be thrown into the garbage to help keep them from getting bound up in the wheels of the equipment.

Some people may have gotten a new appliance for Christmas, like ovens, refrigerators, laundry machines and dish washers.  A good way to dispose of the old ones are to take them to the transfer station where the scrap metal can be recycled.