Holiday trees turned into mulch
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley Kiwanis Club member Doug Harpold tosses a tree onto a pile of hundreds of other Christmas trees on Monday morning at Oro Valley's Naranja Town Site tree drop site. Tree drop-off sites are located throughout Tucson.

It’s that time of year again, when people have practically a tinderbox sitting in their living rooms, wrapped with lights and electrical wiring.

It is time to take down your Christmas tree, and recycle it.

Neither the city nor private trash pick-up services currently take your tree curbside.

Through Jan. 11, drop sites in the Northwest will take your Christmas trees, helping keep homes safe and recycling them into free mulch for anyone. The sites take free tree drop-offs from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A drop site in Oro Valley is located at the Oro Valley Naranja Town Site, 660 W, Naranja Drive. A drop site is located at the Marana airport’s west entrance, five miles west of Interstate 10 on Avra Valley Road. People can also get free mulch from holiday trees at the Rillito Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave., on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the east parking lot.

Late January, the 1,000 or so Christmas trees dropped off in Oro Valley will be recycled by being ground into mulch. Residents wishing to take some home can do so; just be sure to bring your own container.

For more information, call 791-5000.

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