Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Don’t throw your Christmas tree in the trash: recycle it!

Whether you fell it yourself at Cloudcroft or bought it from a local greenhouse, Las Cruces residents can recycle real Christmas trees for free at the City of Las Cruces Foothills Clean Fill Landfill at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The trees are chopped and composted for later use as landscaping material, which is also free for residents.

The landfill is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on Sundays. Outside of the regular opening times, a roll-off container is available in front of the gate so that the residents can dispose of their Christmas trees without any problems.

The dedicated roll-off for Christmas trees will be at the landfill from Monday, December 27, 2021 to January 15, 2022.

Residents can also use the Green Grappler Service to dispose of Christmas trees. The Green Grappler only picks up garden waste from residential buildings and is offered on normal garbage days every month.

For easy disposal, please do a few things in mind before recycling your tree: Remove all decorations, ornaments, icicles, tinsel and lights before recycling. In addition, LCU cannot recycle trees with fake flocked “snow” – these have to get into your garbage container or be picked up by a normal gripper.

After all, your old Christmas lights will become dreaded “messes” once they reach a recycling processing facility. “Tanglers” – Christmas lights, power cables, chains, water hoses and even plastic bags – bind conveyor belts, wrap themselves around turned parts and wreak havoc in a recycling processing plant. Put them in the trash, not the trash.

The LCU Customer Central can be reached Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 575-541-2111. LCU provides clean, safe, and reliable services to Las Cruces residents and businesses. Learn more at: las-cruces.org/180/Utilities. In an emergency, call Dispatch at 575-526-0500.

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