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Have a Holly, Jolly, Sustainable Christmas

As everyone is preparing their homes and decorations for family and friends this holiday season, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has already begun preparations for their Christmas Tree Recycling Program. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) will be hosting its annual Christmas Tree Recycling program starting the day after Christmas through Tuesday, January 7.

“This program has become a fixture in our community over the past 25 plus years and is a really important resource for local residents,” says Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “This program is run thanks to the wonderful volunteers who come out to help, and it is a really fun and festive way to volunteer around the holidays. Since this program started, we have been able to divert 160,000 trees from the landfill and turn them into mulch for weed abatement and landscaping projects in our parks. We have so many wonderful partners and supporters of this program, including our long-time volunteers and our sponsor, NV Energy.”


Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help at the Bartley Ranch, Reno Sports Complex and Shadow Mountain locations. Sign up to volunteer at or (775) 851-5185.

KTMB encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees (ornament, flocking and tinsel-free) at one of their six community drop-off locations. KTMB is collaborating with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to include additional drop-off locations in the outlying communities of Lemmon Valley, Washoe Valley and Spanish Springs.

What: KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program

When: Every day from December 26, 2019 – January 7, 2020. Drop-off sites are open from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Drop-off locations include:

1.      Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno

2.      Reno Sports Complex: 2975 N. Virginia Street, Reno

3.      Shadow Mt. Sports Complex:  3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks

4.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd

5.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street

6.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station - Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd

Suggested Donation: $3 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the program.
How: This program is for residents only. Commercial tree lots can take their trees to RT Donovan in Sparks. Trees must be free of stands, nails, tinsel, lights, and all other decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted.

KTMB's Christmas Tree Recycling is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and is made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County Parks and Open Spaces, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Boy Scouts – Nevada Area Council, and Tholl Fence.