Kick off a green 2021 with these small acts of kindness for the environment! Take care of the holiday aftermath with these green solutions to easily and responsibly dispose of your Christmas tree and holiday cooking grease.
Tree Cycle Your Old Christmas Tree for Compost!
It’s an easy way to get rid of your tree without crowding up your local landfill and it’s better than trying to stuff it in your garbage after having a dried up tree in your living room til February… just sayin.
The following TreeCycle sites are open during daylight hours, seven days a week (unless noted):
- Oro Valley Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr.
- Tank’s Speedway Recycling & Landfill Facility, 7301 E Speedway (turn north on Prudence Rd., Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- Golf Links Sports Park, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd.
- Tucson Rodeo Grounds, on 3rd Ave. (3rd Ave North of Irvington Rd.)
- Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. (Entrance is at intersection of Craycroft Rd. & Los Reales Rd., follow signs; Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- Tank’s Ina Land Reclamation Facility, 5300 W Ina Rd. (1/4 mile west of I-10, Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Rd.
- Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, (Southeast corner of parking lot)
- Joaquin Murrieta Park, 1400 N. Silverbell Rd. (use East entrance, turn north from Speedway onto El Rio Dr.)
IMPORTANT: The City of Tucson will not collect Christmas trees from curbs and alleys. Other green waste cannot be accepted at TreeCycle. Commercial tree lot overages are not accepted at TreeCycle sites, except for Los Reales Landfill at posted landfill rates.
Questions? Call the Recycling InfoLine at 791-5000
Greascycle – Recycle your Grease!
Pima County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) invites the community to bring its used cooking oil and grease to the Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event on Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the participating locations below. They are accepting all kinds of cooking grease like vegetable oil, peanut oil for frying turkeys, lard, and bacon fat to name a few. To date, RWRD has collected approximately 28,000 pounds of used cooking oils and kitchen grease. After the event, the collected grease will get recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel for the environment. That’s a double win because it not only kept 28K pounds of nasty destructive greases out of our sewage system and wastewater it ALSO means that the grease waste was converted into something useful, now that’s sustainable and green! Do your part by storing your used cooking grease into containers. I like to put the cooled oil back into the oil container it came from and save for this annual event.
Due to the global pandemic, they are requesting that community participants wear a mask when dropping off their containers of grease to ensure our volunteers and community participants are safe.
Saturday Jan. 9th 2021- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m:
Northwest – Pima Vocational High School 5025 W. Ina Rd
Sahuarita – Sahuarita Town Hall 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way