News Release

Dec. 30, 2019
Free Christmas tree recycling offered by PNM and cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho

Albuquerque: After the holiday bustle comes the burden of taking down all of the decorations. It can be time consuming and stressful, but finding a way to properly dispose of your real Christmas tree doesn¿t have to be. PNM and the cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are offering free Christmas tree recycling, beginning Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 through Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. 

Customers can bring their undecorated trees to a variety of locations, and crews from PNM Vegetation Management, City of Albuquerque's Solid Waste Management Department and Rio Rancho's Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Division will grind the trees into mulch, which can be used to provide a better growing environment for plants in city common areas and residential landscapes. Trees must have all decorations removed (tinsel, lights, tree stands, etc.). The public can pick up free mulch from these trees at four of the five recycling locations while supplies last.

"PNM takes our environmental commitment very seriously, and this collaboration with the cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho is part of our responsibility to help preserve our beautiful environment," said Todd Fridley, vice president for New Mexico Operations with PNM. "More than 15,000 trees are expected to be recycled, saving valuable landfill space and generating water-savings and protective mulch."

Limit five trees per resident. Commercial quantities will not be accepted. Only real trees will be accepted, no artificial trees. For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit Trees will be accepted at the following locations:


Monday, Dec. 30, 2019  through Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, from 8 am to 5 pm

  • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, Albuquerque
  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, Albuquerque
  • Ladera Golf Course, 3401 Ladera NW, Albuquerque

Rio Rancho

Monday, Dec. 30, 2018  through Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, from 8 am to 5 pm

  • Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho
  • Sandoval County Landfill, 2708 Iris Rd. NE, Rio Rancho (no free mulch at this location)

To continue the spirit of giving back, even after the holidays, donations will be accepted for Animal Humane of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Division at the Eagle Rock Convenience Center during the treecycling event. A list of requested items for donation can be found on the Animal Humane of New Mexico¿s website, and donations will be divided up among the two organizations after the treecycling event has ended.


With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 525,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit