Recycling Your Tree
After the holidays, don’t throw your Real Christmas Tree in the trash. Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Here are some recycling options and tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays. Every community is different, but in general, you have these options:
Curbside pick-up for recycling:
Most areas will collect trees during their regular pickup schedules on the two weeks following Christmas. There are often requirements for size, removing ornaments, flocking, etc.
Take your tree to a drop off recycling center:
Many counties, cities and/or townships have free local drop-off locations. Usually, you may take up to two trees to a drop-off location at no charge. Check with your own municipality for more details.
If you have woods on your property just drag it out back – all kinds of animals will enjoy it!
Tree recycling/mulching programs:
Tree recycling and mulching programs are a fast-growing trend in communities throughout the nation. Check with your local municipality for information. Some chip and shred the trees, then make the mulch available for use in your garden. Your hauler will notify you of pick-up dates in your area. Be sure to check with your local hauler.
(Source: The National Christmas Tree Association)
So what happens to all those recycled trees? There are five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest Christmas trees:
- Chippings for mulch used in playgrounds, hiking trails and gardens
- Beachfront erosion prevention
- Lake and river shoreline stabilization
- Fish habitat
- River delta sedimentation management