Denver Recycles annual FREE Treecycle program will be recycling thousands of Christmas trees into mulch again this holiday season. The mulch is made available FREE to Denver residents in the spring. Tree-cycling is easy, but it’s important to follow these easy steps. Note: there are changes for 2019.
1) Remove all tinsel and decorations for the tree. Real evergreen trees only! No artificial or flocked (spray painted) trees.
2) Set your tree out for collection on one of your scheduled trash collection days during the two-week Treecycle collection period of December 31 to January 11. Your tree should be set out no later than 7 a.m. Remember that because of New Year’s Day on Tuesday, January 1, all Tuesday through Friday trash collections are delayed by one day that week.
3) Do not place trees inside bags or carts. Trees should be at least 2-feet away from trash, recycling containers and other obstacles. Your tree will be picked up by a special tree collection truck.
4. Treecycle is for Denver residents only.
If you are a Denver resident but not eligible for trash collection or you miss the deadlines, you can drop off trees through January 31 at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off or Havana Nursery. For more information about drop-off options, download this flyer, which includes days and times the recycling centers are open. If you don’t live in the city of Denver, check here for other tree recycling programs.