Every year it happens... the excitement of Christmas, the anticipation of a fresh tree in the house. The tree smells wonderful and the family takes care to decorate it with care. All your favorite ornaments make their annual appearance and glisten against the lights. The living room sparkles the whole season. Then it happensthe tree loses its charm, it is no longer the protector of the presents surprise, the pine scent has faded and its needles falling to the floor become a chore. Instead of stripping the tree of your timeless ornaments and lights and tossing her out on the curb, this year recycle the former source of family joy.

Monday the city of Fort Collins released dates and locations for Christmas tree recycling in its annual "Make a Difference by Recycling Your Christmas Tree" campaign.

Drop Off Locations:

• Edora Park, 1420 E. Stuart St. (Tennis court parking lot)

• Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd. (Monday - Saturday, 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

• Rolland Moore Park, 2201 S. Shields St. (Parking lot, S.E. corner)

• Streets Facility, 625 Ninth Street (S.W. corner of Vine & Lemay)

• Wellington Recycling Drop-Off Site (corner of 6th Street and Grant Ave.)

As stated in the city's press release earlier this week;

All trees must be undecorated. Trees should not have ornaments, lights or wires attached to them. The Tree Recycling Program is a free service to the community and is jointly sponsored by the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County.

Trees that are collected weekly from this residential program will be processed into wood mulch suitable for landscaping and gardening projects. Later in the spring, the mulch will be offered to the public for free at the Larimer County Landfill.

The Christmas tree recycling program runs from December 26th through January 17th ONLY. If you have any questions about the program click here.