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Summerlin residents recycle Christmas trees

In the tradition of regifting, The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin, encourages residents to give back their real Christmas trees to Mother Nature after the holidays are over. In partnership with Springs Preserve, the UNLV Rebel Recycling Program and dozens of other local conservation organizations, the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program returns and runs through Jan. 15.

“Summerlin’s participation in this program is a natural fit for our community given our history working in concert with environmental organizations to conserve and protect the natural environment,” said Tom Warden, senior vice president, community and government relations for Summerlin. “By design, our master-planned community is dedicated to creating more sustainable neighborhoods. Encouraging our residents to be friends to the environment is part of the lifestyle here.”

Summerlin residents can drop off their real Christmas trees at the lot adjacent RC Willey Home Furnishings, 3850 S. Town Center Drive, south of the 215 Beltway, in Summerlin. Those who live in Summerlin’s northern villages may opt for a drop point just outside of the master-planned community, at nearby Bruce Trent Park on Vegas Drive. Both locations are open 24 hours.

Valleywide, there are 32 locations accepting trees through Jan. 15. There is no cost, but all nonorganic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails must be removed. Artificial trees and real trees flocked with decorative chemical compounds cannot be recycled.

“These trees will be chipped into organic mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the valley. Giving back to Mother Nature is the perfect way to start the new year,” Warden said.

Residents who need trees picked up for recycling can call 1-800-GOT-JUNK or schedule pickup online at www.1800GOTJUNK.com. The company will pick up trees for a fee and drop them off at designated recycling locations throughout the valley.

Las Vegas Valley residents have recycled more than 211,000 trees since the program started counting trees in 2001, creating thousands of tons of mulch. Last winter, more than 10,000 trees were recycled and used for landscaping projects and dust control throughout the valley. For more information about the recycling program, visit www.springspreserve.org.

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