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Jan 14, 2012 2:37 PM by Matt Stafford

Christmas tree drop off and free mulch in Pueblo

If you still have your Christmas tree up, you can recycle it in Pueblo for free.

This is the 8th year the Pueblo City-County Health Department has put on a round up; it used to just be a weekend, but now they open it up for a couple of weeks. The project usually brings in about 800 trees.

The drop off site is Vision Recycled Aggregate, off of East 4th St. (195 Vision Lane). You can bring your tree by Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"We would appreciate no decorations or tree stands, and all that tinsel - if you could get it off your tree that would be great," says Jennifer Kedward, environmental coordinator for the health department.

Another bonus from this is that the health department will turn all the trees into mulch, and then give it away -- that's on a first come first serve basis. Black Hills Energy is paying to help turn the trees into mulch. The mulch pick-up will be Monday, January 23rd, starting at noon. Organizers say sometimes they run out of mulch in a couple of hours; other times it takes them days to give away.

For more information, call the health department's recycle hotline at 719-583-4924.

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