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Drop off tree, pick up some mulch

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s no better way to start off the new year than to recycle the freshly cut Christmas trees that recently graced so many homes, and which may not be quite so fresh anymore.

A worker at the Ladera Golf Course recycling location in 2016 pushes a discarded Christmas tree through a wood chipper. The program keeps trees out of the landfill and makes wood chip mulch available for free to residents for use in their yards and gardens. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Tree recycling is a win-win for everyone. It keeps the dead and dying vegetation out of the landfill, and it creates mulch for the yard and garden, which people can help themselves to at no cost.

Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department, in conjunction with city Parks and Recreation and the Public Service Company of New Mexico, will offer free tree recycling from today, through Jan. 13. Trees stripped of ornaments, lights, wires and stands can be taken to any of three locations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

• Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE

• Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE

• Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW

Crews from PNM and city Parks and Recreation will run the discarded trees through grinding machines to create organic wood chip mulch that can be collected by residents to use in their yards.

“Last year, residents recycled over 11,000 Christmas trees, and we are looking forward to another successful event this year,” said Matthew Whelan, director of the Solid Waste Department. “Through this event we are able to keep trees out of the landfill and offer the mulch to residents for reuse in their gardens while supplies last.”

Residents of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County can recycle their stripped Christmas trees through Jan. 11. The program is sponsored by Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful, a division of the Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation Department, PNM and Sandoval County. Last year, 2,100 trees were mulched. Drop-off locations are:

• Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort SE. Mulching will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Trees can be dropped off and mulch can be picked up, while supplies last, during park hours, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Sandoval County Landfill, 2708 Iris NE, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mulch is available for a fee of $7 per pickup truck load for Sandoval County residents, and $8 for nonresidents.