Christmas Tree Composting
Residents participating in the city-wide solid waste program with Republic Services can dispose of Christmas trees free of charge on their usual compost day until the end of January.
Trees need to be placed next to the compost bin and must be cut in half (each piece no more than 4 feet in length) and tied together with rope or twine. Trees can also be collected as a bulk item. If you have any questions, contact Republic Customer Service 303.286.5400 (Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm) or complete the website contact form.
The City's branch recycle site (open the first full weekend of every month including January 4-5) will also take Christmas trees from Louisville residents (proof of residency required). For details and directions, visit LouisvilleCO.gov/LeafandBranch or call City Forester Chris Lichty on 303.335.4733.
ZERO WASTE HOLIDAYS
As much as many of us love the holiday season, the reality is that it can be the most wasteful time of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Americans throw away 25% more trash than usual. Trash cans full of holiday food waste, plastic shopping bags, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper add an incredible amount of waste into landfills.
As we celebrate the holidays, it pays to be mindful of sustainable consumption, and to recycle and compost what we can. Here are a few tips for keeping this holiday season a little more sustainable:
• Holiday cards, paper shopping bags, and cardboard boxes can all make their way into curbside recycling bins.
• Wrapping paper should not be placed in the curbside recycling bins. For no fee, wrapping paper can be taken to the Boulder County Recycling Center for a limited time. Until the end of January, place your excess in the bin marked “Wrapping Paper” at 1901 63rd Street, Boulder.
• Holiday string lights, white block foam, and foam wrapping sheets can be recycled at the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 6400 Arapahoe Road, Boulder.
• Dark envelopes, tissue paper, and leftover food scraps go in your curbside composting bins (which are available to Republic customers at no additional charge).
For any questions regarding holiday recycling and composting, contact Katie Baum, Sustainability Specialist: by email or phone 303.335.4534
To learn more about the City and sustainability, visit LouisvilleCO.gov/Sustainability.