Albuquerque and Rio Rancho residents recycled 6,970 Christmas trees after the holidays, according to the Public Service Company of New Mexico, which worked with the local governments to chip the trees and turn them into mulch.
The annual initiative keeps spent trees from taking up valuable space in a landfill, and this year created 36,000 pounds of mulch offered free of charge to the public.
“Most people may not think there is a correlation between PNM and vegetation, but it is an important part of the company’s work,” said Thaddeus Petzold, PNM Vegetation Management Manager. “As part of our reliability to customers, PNM proactively trims trees and monitors tree growth around powerlines throughout the company’s service areas.”
PNM also volunteers its time and equipment to the treecycing project, he said.
The public can still pick up free mulch while supplies last at the Albuquerque Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE.