Residents of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County will be able to have cut Christmas trees recycled for free courtesy of PNM, the City of Rio Rancho’s Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Division (KRRB), and Sandoval County.
From Dec. 30, 2019 through Jan. 10, 2020, cut trees that have had all decorations, tinsel, tree spikes, and stands removed can be brought to:
• Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd. (can be dropped off at any time)
• Sandoval County Landfill, 2708 Iris Road (can be dropped off between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday)
• Commercial quantities of Christmas trees will not be accepted and residents are responsible for unloading their trees
• Free mulch available at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last; mulching will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and residents are responsible for loading their mulch
Residents are urged to return Christmas trees back to the environment by recycling. Mulch generated from Christmas trees can be used to provide a better growing environment for plants, city parks, and home landscapes. Mulch helps retain moisture in soil, acts as an insulating blanket to protect soil against extreme temperatures, and reduces weed growth. Recycling Christmas trees allows the tree to complete its natural life cycle by nurturing soil so other living things can grow.
For over 25 years, PNM vegetation crews have donated their equipment and time for this annual event, which is one of the many ways the company demonstrates its support for the environment and works to improve quality of life in New Mexico’s communities.
KRRB is a division of Rio Rancho’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. For more information, please call (505) 891-5015.