Give the environment a gift this holiday season: the gift of recycling your Christmas tree.
As the holiday season winds down, the City of Mesa is encouraging residents to bring their used tree to one of its free drop-off points, each open 24 hours a day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 13. The sites include the City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department, 730 N. Mesa Drive, the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur Street, the Superstition Springs Police/Fire Substation, 2430 S. Ellsworth Road, Mountain View Park, 854 N. Lindsay Road, and Dobson Ranch Park, 2363 S. Dobson Road.
Trees may also be brought to the Salt River Landfill at Gilbert Road and the Beeline Highway between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The city asks that all nails, stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments are removed from trees; flocked trees (flocking doesn’t break down in environment) and wreaths (metal wiring can damage chipping equipment) will not be accepted.
Residents may also schedule curbside pickup for $19.99 by calling (480) 644-2221 or visiting www.mesarecycles.org.