You may not want to think about putting away the Christmas decorations just yet, but the time is near. If you chose a live Christmas tree, you can green up your cleaning up.
Christmas tree recycling or treecycling allows for your live Christmas tree to live another life as mulch for landscaping or chips for hiking trails or playgrounds. Recycling is a much greener option than merely dumping your tree. After all, shouldn’t something as wonderful as a tree get to be reused?
If the tree ends up in a landfill, it will degrade slowly if there’s not enough oxygen present. While that’s still a better option that PVC (artificial) trees, mother nature would get a kick out of you starting the new year with treecycling.
How to recycle your live Christmas tree
Remove all decorations, and do your research. Many communities have tree recycling events at set times during which you can drop off your tree. To find out when and where to drop off your tree, visit Earth911.com and search for “christmas tree” with your ZIP code.
And to help you remember to recycle your tree, Earth 911 has a special downloadable ornament (pictured) to add to your tree. Read more about Earth 911′s green Christmas tips at their 2009 Holiday Channel.
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