Tee Cee’s Tip for Monday, Dec. 26 – Longmont Times-Call

Dear Tee Cee, I volunteered to be my family’s recycling manager for our upcoming holiday parties, and I’m trying to get a game plan together. Last year the city of Longmont did a tree collection program. Is that going on again this year?

Thanks, Xavier

Tee Cee’s Tip

Dear Xavier, Kudos for taking on the role of the recycling manager for your family this holiday season! If you want to be the year-round “person-in-the-know” for all things Zero Waste, email Eco-Cycle at volunteer@ecocycle.org to join Eco-Cycle’s Eco-Leader volunteer program. You’ll be trained and kept in the loop with any new information to make it easier for you to do what you’re already doing—providing Zero Waste info for those in your personal networks.

Everything you need to know about holiday recycling is in the Eco-Cycle/City of Longmont Zero Waste Holiday Guide, which can be found at ecocycle.org and at LongmontColorado.gov. Eco-Cycle’s site has both a Longmont-specific Zero Waste Holiday Guide as well as a guide for other Boulder County communities. Please share this resource with other people who might also want to become holiday recycling managers.

In the guide you’ll see that yes, Longmont will have a tree collection from December 26th through January 7th. The trees will be turned into mulch, so please remove all lights and decorations. The collection sites are in the same locations as last year:

• Roosevelt Park—In the parking lot south of 8th Avenue and Pratt Street, by Roosevelt Activity Pool.

• Garden Acres Park—In the parking lot at 18th Avenue and Tulip Street.

• Kanemoto Park—In the parking lot at South Pratt Parkway and South Coffman Street.

• Centennial Park—In the parking lot at Alpine Street and Verdant Circle.
Since Americans generate on average 23% more waste in December, curbside recycling bins can easily overflow with extra cardboard and food and beverage containers. One convenient option is to take your tree, single-stream recyclables, and hard-to-recycle materials to the Longmont Waste Diversion Center at 140 Martin St., which is open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. Make sure to bring your ID and a recent bill to show you live in Longmont. When the WDC window is open, you can recycle bundled holiday lights, wrapping paper, cooking oil, and more. You can recycle cardboard and single-stream recycling at the front of the WDC 24/7. More details, including information on other recycling drop-off options for additional materials, can be found in the Holiday Guide. Happy holiday recycling!

—Tee Cee

Share your questions, ideas, and 2023 Zero Waste New Year’s Resolutions at reycle@ecocycle.org, or call Eco-Cycle at 303-444-6634.

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