Free Christmas tree chipping program under way |

Free Christmas tree chipping program under way

Incline Village General Improvement District’s Waste Not Program and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District have again joined efforts again to offer their annual free Christmas tree chipping program.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may drop off their Christmas tree anytime before Jan. 31, 2014, at Preston Field, located off Highway 28.

Also, returning this year is the offering of a free “Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling Roundup” during the week of Jan. 6-10, 2014.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may place clean trees curbside on their standard service day between Jan. 6-10 for recycling collection conducted by Waste Management. Trees may be whole up to 6 foot; trees larger than 6 feet must be cut into 3-foot sections.

Residents should take care to remove all ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and other items which may cause harm to the tree chipper or operator.

The chipper will not accept stumps, wreaths or yard waste and is not designed to accept cut up trees, branches or bushes — only Christmas trees.

“This Christmas tree recycling service helps save our natural resources, landfill space and protects the clarity of Lake Tahoe,” NLTFPD officials said.

All trees dropped off at Preston Field will be chipped and used as mulch for local erosion control projects. All trees left curbside will be taken to the landfill.

Last year, this program recycled almost 20 ton of trees, according to the fire district.

For more information on Waste Notprograms, contact Sarah Vidra at 775-832-1284 or visit

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