(Las Vegas, KXNT)-  Now that Christmas is over, thousands of Southern Nevadans are wondering what to do with their Christmas tree.

While it may seem easy enough to toss it to the curb for trash pick-up, members of the Christmas Tree Recycling Programs are asking you to please give back to the community and recycle it.  The program has been around for several years, with less than 10 percent participation. According to chairperson Tara Pike, of the 200,000 tress sold in Southern Nevada, a little more than 15-thousand were recycled last year.  Officials are hopeful that number will go up to at least 20,000 this year.

“These trees are easily chipped down to create mulch for area parks, which helps with dust control.  It helps conserve water and mulch is something these parks would have to buy if we didn’t have this Christmas trees to chip.” states Pike.

Pike adds that trees tossed to he curb end up in the landfill.  Pike says they start to degrade, which creates methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.

There are 33 drop-off sites throughout Southern Nevada, including Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.  If you do not have a way to transport the tree, 1-800-Got-Junk is also helping out.  For $30, they will pick up the tree from your home and transport it  to a recycling site for you.

To find your nearest drop-off location, click here.



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