Oh Christmas tree, recycle me

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I love the process of buying and setting up Christmas trees as much as the next guy (maybe only my wife can detect the sarcasm here). But getting rid of the tree is another matter — by the time I get around to it in early January, our family's once stately pine is usually a brown needle bomb poised to drop its load in the hallway, the car roof, or anywhere else, if given the chance. My plans to recycle the tree usually wind down as I rationalize that it will decompose just as happily in the yard outside if cut into several macroscopic chunks.

Well, this year might (or might not) be different. For those diligent readers who plan to have their trees mechanically ground into garden mulch, here's some info from El Paso County about some of your choices where to do it:

El Paso County will be offering seasonal recycling services to County citizens for disposal of natural/grown Christmas trees at seven convenient “Treecycle” drop-off locations Countywide. Designated Treecycle sites, listed below, will receive citizens’ discarded trees, which will then be ground into mulch and given away to other County residents for use in gardens, landscaping and other home/property projects. The Treecycle program will operate two consecutive weekends: Saturday & Sunday, January 2-3 & 9-10, 2010, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Locations:
Baptist Road Trailhead — Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway
Falcon Trailhead — Southwest of Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road
Cottonwood Creek Park — Dublin Boulevard & Montarbor Drive
Sky Sox Stadium — Barnes Road & Tutt Boulevard
Rock Ledge Ranch — Gateway Road (to Garden of the Gods) & 30th Street
Memorial Park — Pikes Peak Avenue & Union Boulevard
Rocky Top Resources-x — 1755 E. Las Vegas Street

•Rocky Top Resources will operate as an extended Treecycle site
 from December 28, 2009 through January 30, 2010.

Hours of Operation: Monday — Saturday, 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Closed: Sundays and January 1, 2010 (New Year’s Day)

A tax-deductible, suggested donation of $5 per tree will be applied to El Pomar’s youth sports programs throughout El Paso County. El Paso County Treecycle sponsors include: Colorado Springs Utilities; the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services; Waste Connections Inc.; Rocky Top Resources; the Gazette; Asplundh; and the El Pomar Youth Sports Foundation. For more information on the Treecycle program, contact El Paso County Environmental Services at 520-7878 or visit www.elpasoco.com.

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