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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Free Christmas Tree Recycling Returns to Emerald Park

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-December 19, 2023-Emerald Park will again serve as the location for the city’s free Christmas Tree Recycling program for roughly the next two months. The eco-program is a partnership between Parks & Recreation and SavATree. 

“This location provides an easy and convenient location to drop off Christmas trees across the community,” said Parks Supervisor Johannes Thorsen. “With more than 2,000 trees recycled annually, the program continues to be strongly supported by the community and ensures these trees don’t go to waste.” 

The drop off location for the free Christmas Tree Recycling is in Emerald Park, which provides significant space to collect, process and store mulch. 

Safely dispose of your natural Christmas tree for free starting Friday, December 22 (for those that celebrated Xmas early) and running through the end of February. 

Trees can be dropped off in Emerald Park parking lot, accessible from US40 via Emerald Park Lane or Ski Town Way. The collection site is on the pavement in the southwest corner of the parking. 

Drop off is available seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. The city will take it just like you found it – AU NATURALE. That means all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails, etc., must be removed before dropping off.  NO WREATHS accepted

“When you harvest a tree from the forest, you’re helping improve forest health by thinning crowded areas,” continued Thorsen. “We can take that even further by recycling your tree and allowing it to continue to give long after the holidays. We hope everyone takes advantage of this complimentary community service no matter where you got your tree.” 

As in the previous year, SavATree will make the mulch generated from this event available free of charge to residents on a first come, first serve basis in the spring at their yard, located at 2645 Jacob Circle, Unit #1.


Johannes Thorsen, Parks Supervisor, 970.871.7010 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 970.871.7031 or email 
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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