You can help improve Anchorage trails by recycling your Christmas tree.

Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling, the Municipality of Anchorage's Solid Waste Services and Carrs Safeway grocery stores have teamed up to collect bare trees. The trees are recycled into wood chips and given to local nonprofits and agencies for trail cover, erosion control, and landscaping mulch.

Trees can be dropped off at Carrs Safeway locations in Anchorage, Eagle River and Palmer starting Friday, December 28, 2018 through Tuesday, January 15, 2019 according to an ALPAR statement.

Program officials ask that decorations, stands and plastic bags be removed from trees to be recycled. Wreaths cannot be accepted because of the wires used to put them together. ALPAR asks that plastic trees and decorations not be left at the sites.

Trees can be picked up in Anchorage or Eagle River for a small optional fee by Anchorage Boy Scout Troup 269. Call 868-8899 or email recyclechristmastrees@gci.net to arrange pick up.

The tree recycling program began in the early 1990s. ALPAR says 7,500 trees were collected last year.

Other holiday remnants can also be recycled. ALPAR suggests paper gift wrap, cards, gift boxes be recycled with mixed paper at the Anchorage or Valley recycling centers, the Anchorage Regional Landfill and in Anchorage curbside carts. Ribbons are made from a variety of materials making them difficult to recycle so it is recommended they be saved for reuse.

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