You’ve packed up your Christmas decorations for the year, but then there’s the tree. You went natural this year, so what should you do with it? Here are a few simple options for recycling Christmas trees.
At the Curb
In many areas, they pick up trees found on the curb during the two weeks following Christmas. These trees, of course, cannot still have decorations or extraneous objects on them. Only real trees are collected.
Nearby Recycling Centers
Many recycling centers accept drop-off donations of trees. They do not charge for their services.
Earth911.com is an easy-to-use source for locating all sorts of recycling centers near you. To use this site, you simply type in what you are trying to “Find recycling centers for” in the designated box (in this case “Christmas trees,” but you could also do later searches for “aluminum cans,” “ornaments,” “computers,” etc.) and then provide your zip code or city name.
Immediately, the search results show the name of the center, its address, a short profile of the organization supporting the center, and all the items the center accepts for recycling.
If you live in a larger city, you will probably have several centers to choose from.
Cities may also allow drop-off of Christmas trees at a local composting yard. These yards take in not only Christmas trees, but also other natural brush such as leaves, grass clippings, and weeds. Such services continue throughout the year.
According to Pickyourownchristmastree.org, the organizations Waste Management and Republic Services are waste haulers who can pick up all kinds of waste and also shred yard waste to make mulch for your garden. Prices vary depending on the services needed. Both organizations offer easy-to-use “Find a Facility” search boxes on their websites. These two sites are also featured on ehso.com, where you’re likely to find more information about being environmentally friendly.
In the Composter
Sites like howtocompost.org make it easier than ever to learn how to compost your own materials, from piles of fall leaves to worms! They offer a variety of articles, such as Compost Guide – Composing Fundamentals, to teach the average person how to compost. You may find that the easiest way to recycle your Christmas tree is to break it down into smaller parts and add it to your very own homemade compost bin.
Who says you have to pay for fertilizer?
I’ve already alluded to this website earlier in the article, but I want to mention it again. This site provides a host of other suggestions for disposing of your Christmas tree. It also lists more resources for recycling Christmas trees on a state-by-state basis.