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Christmas tree recycling reduces fire risk & helps environment

Posted at 9:05 PM, Dec 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-31 00:21:20-05

Since December 26th, Christmas tree recycling has gone on Tucson. As piles of trees grow larger, Tucson Fire Captain Nicholas Janton hopes more people will catch on.

"We don't want people putting them in their dumpsters, we don't want people storing them in their garages, not up against their house," he said. "Because the longer they dry out, the bigger the fire hazard they become."

While the trees may look very green, the fire captain says they may be very dry and could catch fire very quickly.

"The pine needles will start to fall off," he said. "That's when it's at it's most dangerous."

Erin Lund noticed the pine needles start to fall off of her tree a few days after Christmas. At that point, she was nervous her tree could be a fire hazard.

"The leaves and the needles just kept falling off of the branches," she said. "I knew that it could become a fire hazard, so I decided it was time to recycle it."

All trees must be stripped of decorations and dropped off at one of these 8 TreeCycle locations: 

1. Oro Valley Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr., (Only open through January 7, 2018)
2. Tank's Roll-offs & Recycling, 7301 E Speedway (Open M-F, 7 am - 4 pm; Sat, 7 am - 2 pm) 
3. Golf Links Sports Park, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd. (7 am - 5 pm)
4. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, on 3rd Ave. (east of Rodeo Grounds, on S. 3rd Ave.)
5. Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. (Entrance is at intersection of Craycroft Rd. & Los Reales Rd., follow signs) 6am-5pm **Closed Sundays**
6. Silverbell Site, (northeast corner of Silverbell Rd. & Goret Rd (follow signs)
7. Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Rd.
8. Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, (southeast corner of parking lot)
These locations are open during daylight hours 7 days a week unless otherwise noted. 
City garbage services will not pick up Christmas trees left at the curb.
The last day to use TreeCycle services is January 15th, 2018.