EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

El Paso County will be offering seasonal recycling services to County residents for disposal of natural/grown Christmas trees at seven convenient "Treecycle" drop-off locations.

The Christmas trees will be ground into mulch and given away to other County residents for use in gardens, landscaping, and property projects.

The Treecycle program will operate two consecutive weekends: Saturday & Sunday, December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012 & January 7-8, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop-off Locations:

Baptist Road Trailhead- Baptist Road & Old Denver HighwayFalcon Trailhead- Southwest of Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road Cottonwood Creek Park- Dublin Boulevard & Montarbor Drive Sky Sox Stadium- Barnes Road & Tutt Boulevard Rock Ledge Ranch- Gateway Road (to Garden of the Gods) & 30th Street Memorial Park- Pikes Peak Avenue & Union Boulevard Rocky Top Resources- 1755 E. Las Vegas Street (*Rocky Top Resources will operate as an extended Treecycle site from December 27-31, 2011 and January 3-31, 2012 (CLOSED SUNDAYS) 8am - 4pm, Monday - Saturday)

A tax-deductible, suggested donation of $5 per tree will be applied to Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. and the El Pomar Youth Sports Park to support youth sports programs throughout El Paso County. El Paso County Treecycle sponsors include: Asplundh; City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services; Colorado Springs Utilities; Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc.; Dick's Sporting Goods; El Paso County government agencies; The Gazette; Rocky Top Resources; SB Porta Bowl; and Waste Connections Inc.