According to the National Christmas Tree Association, between 25 and 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. That means there is significant opportunity to divert waste from landfills, save water, and beautify the community with nutrient-rich mulch created from recycled trees.
In the master planned community of Summerlin®, residents are encouraged to recycle their real Christmas trees from December 26 through January 15. In partnership with The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee, a partnership of local businesses and community agencies, including UNLV’s Rebel Recycling program and the Springs Preserve, the group manages more than 30 convenient drop-off locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including two in Summerlin.
According to Randy Ecklund, Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Summerlin Community Association, Summerlin’s longtime participation in this program is a natural fit.
“By design, Summerlin is dedicated to creating more sustainable development and has long embraced conservation and environmental stewardship,” said Ecklund. “Encouraging our residents to be a friend to the environment is part of the lifestyle here.”
Through Jan. 15, Summerlin residents can drop off their real Christmas trees at two Summerlin locations: the lot adjacent RC Willey Home Furnishings, 3850 S. Town Center Dr. just south of the 215 Beltway; and the Las Vegas Ballpark South parking lot in Downtown Summerlin®, the community’s vibrant urban core. Entry to the tree drop-off lot is off Spruce Goose Street. Look for Christmas Tree Recycling signage at both locations.
Those who live in Summerlin’s northern villages may opt for a drop point just outside of the community at nearby Bruce Trent Park on Vegas Drive. All locations are open 24 hours. Residents unable to drop their tree at one of the Southern Nevada sites can contact the local company, Move It, to pick up your tree for recycling for a fee of only $26. Visit gomoveit.com for more information or download the app.
Valley-wide, there are more than 30 locations accepting trees. There is no cost to drop off trees, but all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, and nails must be removed before drop off. Artificial trees and real trees flocked with decorative chemical compounds cannot be recycled.
“Trees are chipped into organic mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the Valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy,” said Ecklund. “Most importantly, recycled trees are kept out of our community’s landfills and put to good use.”
Since the Christmas Tree Recycling committee started tracking trees in 2001, more than 307,311 trees have been diverted from the landfill, creating more than 2,672 tons of mulch used for landscaping projects and dust control throughout the Valley. Last year, nearly 11,000 trees were recycled. For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, visit www.springspreserve.org.
Now in its 33rd year of development, Summerlin offers more amenities than any other Southern Nevada community, including 300-plus parks of all sizes; 200-plus miles of interconnected trails; resident-exclusive community centers; ten golf courses; 26 public, private and charter schools; a public library and performing arts center; Summerlin Hospital Medical Center; houses of worship representing a dozen different faiths; office parks; neighborhood shopping centers; and, of course, Downtown Summerlin®, offering fashion, dining, entertainment, Red Rock Resort, Class-A office buildings, City National Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights National Hockey League practice facility, and Las Vegas Ballpark®, a world-class Triple-A baseball stadium.
In total, Summerlin currently offers 100 floorplans in nearly 20 neighborhoods throughout seven distinct villages and districts. Homes, built by many of the nation’s top homebuilders, are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes, priced from the $400,000s to more than $1 million. For information on all actively selling neighborhoods, visit Summerlin.com. Before you visit any new Summerlin neighborhood, please call the homebuilder to check on hours of operation. Phone numbers for each neighborhood are on Summerlin.com.