The UNM Office of Sustainability encourages Albuquerque area residents to recycle Christmas trees through Sunday, Jan. 11 and pick up fresh mulch in the process.

The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation and PNM will recycle Christmas trees and Christmas lights for free at three separate locations in Albuquerque beginning Jan. 2, 2015.

Remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. Limit five (5) trees per resident, no commercial customers.

Crews will grind trees into chips, which can then be used as mulch to provide a better growing environment for plants and landscapes. Residents can pick up the freshly ground wood chips for use in their home landscapes free of charge while supplies last.

After dropping off their Christmas tree, residents may also deposit their Christmas tree lights into marked containers for recycling. Christmas tree lights should never be placed into the blue recycling carts that residents use at their homes.

Trees and lights may be dropped off at the locations below beginning Friday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 11. Hours are 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, (505) 873-660
  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, (505) 857-8318
  • Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, (505) 888-8115

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Soilutions, Inc., located at 9008 Bates Lane, SE, and open from 8 a.m to 4:30 pm. Soilutions recycles greenwaste into compost and mulch that protect and nourish the earth and they also pick up food waste from UNM’s La Posada for recycling. Please remove all lights, ornaments and tinsel. You can learn more about Soilutions.

Recycling your Christmas tree keeps them from going to the landfill where they will rot and create methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Properly disposing of Christmas lights also keep toxins from leaking into the soil and groundwater.

Remember to always “Love Red and Live Green.”