Tree recycling ends in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Sunday was the last day people could take their Christmas tree to a recycling center. The Solid Waste Department of the City of Albuquerque, Parks and Rec, and PNM have teamed up for the two-week event.

The only requirement was to remove decorations, tree stands, and lights, and the city would mulch the tree for free. Mayor Tim Keller was also out on Sunday morning to recycle his tree. “This is the end of the Christmas journey,” said Keller. “We’ll clean up the house and recycle the tree, but the tree’s journey will continue. It is mulched and used in our gardens. “

“If we don’t mulch these trees, they’ll end up in our landfill and take up space in our landfill,” said Matthew Wahelan, director of the waste division. “They are not good for our environment if they are buried in a landfill.”

This was the 30th year of “tree recycling” in the city. The mayor says about 2,000 people have used the service this year.

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