The City of Littleton, along with South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR), will offer free Christmas tree recycling daily at two locations from December 26, 2023 through January 12, 2024. 🎄🎄🎄
The Littleton collection site is open daily and located at Cornerstone Park, 5150 S. Windermere Street at the corner of W. Belleview Avenue and S. Windermere Street. Follow the signs.
SSPR will collect trees at its Willow Spring Service Center, 7100 S. Holly Street. Residents can drop off their tree seven days a week from sunrise to sunset at Cornerstone Park, or at the Willow Spring Service Center in the designated enclosure by the front gate.
All decorations must be removed from the tree including lights, ornaments, garland, tinsel and stands and plastic bags. Flocked or artificial trees and yard refuse will not be accepted. Most trash and waste removal companies do not accept Christmas trees, so residents are encouraged to take advantage of this free program.
The trees will be chipped and turned into mulch. Free mulch is available from the City of Littleton throughout the year at the northwest corner of S. Prescott Street and W. Prentice Avenue. Residents are responsible for loading their own mulch and are encouraged to bring bags or trash cans and a shovel or pitchfork.
Remember to keep your tree watered!!!
Monitor water levels: Keep a close eye on the water level in the tree stand. A well-hydrated tree is less likely to become a fire hazard. Ensure that the base of the trunk is always submerged in water.
Keep the tree away from heat sources: Position the tree away from heat sources like radiators, fireplaces, heating vents, and direct sunlight. Excessive heat can accelerate the drying-out process and increase the risk of fire.
Use LED lights: Opt for LED lights, which emit less heat than traditional incandescent lights. This reduces the risk of the tree drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
Inspect lights regularly: Check lights for frayed wires, damaged sockets, or loose connections. Replace any faulty strands, and always turn off the lights when leaving the house or going to bed.
Dispose of the tree promptly: Safely dispose of the Christmas tree as soon as it shows signs of drying out. Many communities have tree recycling programs to ensure environmentally friendly disposal. Refer to the top article for recycling locations near you! 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼