The citys Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees. Trees can be dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks anytime between Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 and Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Participating parks include:

Deer Valley Park, 19th Avenue and Utopia Road
Paradise Valley Park, 40th Street south of Union Hills Drive
Sereno Park, 56th Street and Sweetwater Avenue
Cactus Park, 38th Avenue and Cactus Road
Mountain View Park, Seventh Avenue south of Peoria Avenue
Marivue Park, 59th Avenue and Osborn Road
Washington Park, 23rd Avenue and Maryland Avenue
Madison Park, 16th Street and Glenrosa Avenue
Los Olivos Park, 28th Street and Devonshire Avenue
Desert West Park, 67th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard
El Reposo Park, Seventh Street and Alta Vista Road
Mountain Vista Park, 50th Street just north of Ray Road
Desert Foothills Park, Desert Foothills and Chandler Boulevard
Cesar Chavez Park, 35th Avenue and Baseline Road

Residents also may bring their Christmas trees to A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales, 4050 E. Indian School Road or 15634 N. 32nd St., who will accept trees at no charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 5, except on Monday, Dec. 31, when trees will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon. The stores will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Transfer stations also are an option for Christmas tree recycling. Both locations (30205 N. Black Canyon Highway and 3060 S. 27th Ave.) will accept trees from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 a.m. to noon on New Years Eve. Residents should be advised that transfer stations are closed on Sundays and New Years Day.

Please remember that trees should be cleared of any decorations including tinsel and tree stands and other hardware should also be removed before recycling. Public Works also asks that residents take care to safely secure trees during transport and that trees only be left in the designated drop-off areas.

Residents also are able to donate living container-grown trees for replanting in city parks. Parks will only accept 15 gallon-sized or 24" box-sized trees. They can be delivered to a nearby maintenance facility to be planted in a local park. The trees need to be one of the four following species: Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis), Eldrica pine or Goldwater pine (Pinus eldarica), Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis) or Chir pine (Pinus roxburghii). For more information about donating a living tree, call 602-534-9440.

To search for Christmas tree recycling locations outside of Phoenix, visit earth911.com. Additional information on recycling Christmas trees can be found at phoenix.gov/publicworks or by calling 602-262-7251.   back...
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