With people purchasing Christmas trees over the next few weeks, local governments have set up programs to take dried out and used Christmas trees away.

The city of Westminster will continue to provide year-round tree limb recycling the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon at 10001 Alkire St. Upcoming dates include Saturdays, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12.

Residents are encouraged to recycle their tree limbs to help reduce landfill waste. As well, recycling tree limbs create mulch that is free to Westminster citizens. Mulch can be picked up during the tree limb recycling sessions. 

Limbs must be cut down to less than 20 inches, and shrubs are accepted as long as the root ball has been removed. Bags of leaves, lawn clippings or construction materials are not allowed. 

Participants must live in Westminster and need to provide proof of residency either in the form of a utility bill, driver’s license, rent receipt or mortgage statement. 

For more information, contact Amanda Schreck at 303-658-2192 or aschreck@cityofwestminster.us 


Northglenn residents can drop off their yard waste at 12301 Claude Courtthe first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between December andMarch. Between April through November, the service is open every Saturday during the same time. 

Tree branches, tree stumps, leaves and grass clippings can all be dropped off. 

Proof of residency is required, and the service remains free. Mulch can be picked up during the event and is available to both the general public and private businesses. Trailers must be single axle, and no commercial vehicles are allowed. 

For more information, contact the sanitation division at 303-450-4004.  


Thornton residents can compost leaves at 12450 Washington St. weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The leaves must be in paper sacks or BPI fully compostable bags. 

Thornton residents who use the city’s trash and recycle service may leave natural Christmas trees on the curb for pickup during their regular trash collection day from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7. All decorations on the trees, including ornaments and lights, must be removed. 

As well, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan, 8, residents can drop off their trees to 12450 Washington St. for recycling. 

For more information, contact environmental services at 720-977-6200.