Q: Having just moved here to Albuquerque before Thanksgiving, this was our first Christmas in our new home. We put up our tree and now are at a loss as to what to do with it since the Christmas holiday is nearly over. What does everyone that has a cut tree do with them here? – L.C., Albuquerque
A: First, welcome! I want you to rest easy knowing that this community does have an ecologically sound way in place for you to dispose of the tree that graced your home for the holidays. Best part of the “Treecycling” project here in the Metro area is that our fellow community Rio Rancho offers this service, too. Both communities have added help for these programs by PNM’s Vegetation Management crew, so you can see it “takes a village” to perform this marvelous service.
So, here in Albuquerque beginning Jan. 2 through Jan. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can deliver your treasure to any one of three collection sites. In the south take the tree to Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE. In the northeast part of town use the Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE. For those of us on the West Side, the Ladera Golf Course parking lot, located at Coors Boulevard and Ladera NW, accepts trees for “treecycle.”
In the Rio Rancho/Sandoval County area there are two collection sites, but their program dates are a smidgen different. From Dec. 31-Jan. 11, use either the Sandoval County Landfill, 2708 Iris Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, or the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd. in Rio Rancho. You can add your tree to the pile there any time.