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Treecycle is a seasonal program offered by Denver Recycles that turns discarded Christmas trees into mulch after the holiday season. Free Treecycle mulch is made available to Denver residents at the Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in May.  

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Download the Trash and Recycling App for Treecycle reminders:


2021 Treecycle Collection: January 4 - 15

Recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays!

How it works:

1. Remove all decorations, lights, and the tree stand from your tree.

2. Set your tree out for collection on one of your scheduled trash collection days between January 4-15 2021.

3. Pick up free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. 


  • Only natural, real trees are collected by Treecycle crews. No artificial or flocked trees.
  • Set trees out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day.
  • Curb customers: Place your tree in the same location as your trash cart. 
  • Alley customers: Place your tree behind your property. 
  • Trees must be placed at least two feet away from collection carts, structures, and other obstacles. Do not place trees inside bags or collection carts.
  • Trees may also be dropped off at one of two Treecycle drop-off sites, open through January 31.
  • Treecycle is for Denver Residents only.