Christmas Tree Recycling

Tree RecyclingEach year the Christmas Tree Recycling Program allows residents to give one last holiday gift to the environment. Four parks, including Founders, Metzler Ranch and Paintbrush parks, and the Douglas County Fairgrounds, serve as drop off areas for trees. Trees are then turned into mulch, which is made available to the public for self-serve pickup at the fairgrounds while supplies last. The Christmas Tree Recycling program is a part of the Town's overall Project Green environmental initiative.


Dec. 26 through Jan. 31

  • Founders Park, 4671 Enderud Blvd.
  • Metzler Ranch Park, 4175 Trail Boss Drive
  • Paintbrush Park, 3492 Meadows Blvd.
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road; tree drop off and mulch pick up.


  • Christmas trees only, no wreaths or garland
  • No yard or clean-up debris
  • Remove all lights and ornaments
  • Remove tree from stand
  • Remove plastic wrap or bag from tree
  • Remove nails, bolts or wire from tree

Mulch pickup

For nearly two decades, the Park Operations and Maintenance division has recycled Christmas trees for Castle Rock residents. Thanks to resident participation, 2021 marked our highest number of trees recycled with 1,738 trees turned into mulch. The mulch is used in Town-owned parks and other landscaped areas.

Mulch is available following the holiday season on a self-serve basis at the fairgrounds location, while supplies last. From April through October, mulch is available to Douglas County residents on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Douglas County slash-mulch site at 1400 Caprice Drive.