Whether you’re a “it’s coming down on Dec. 26!” or a leave-it-up-as-long-as-possible kind of person – eventually, the Christmas tree has to go. It’s a sad time, especially if you have a live tree.
Instead of just lugging that piece of pine-smelling goodness to the trash bin (or worse – abandoning it on the curb), consider recycling your tree instead!
There are many different safe and environmentally-friendly ways to recycle or reuse your tree. Here are a few suggestions:
- Look for local Christmas tree recycling locations. Many cities or counties offer various recycling programs or even curbside pickup for recycling.
- Cut up your tree and place it in your yard waste bin instead of the trash can.
- Cut or chip up the tree trunk and branches into biodegradable mulch. This can help replenish soil in gardens and landscapes.
- Use cut-up pieces of your tree as pond feed. Sinking pieces of the tree into a backyard pond can make great shelter and feeding areas for fish.
- Replant your tree! If you buy a rooted tree, you can replant it in your yard after Christmas.
Check out other fun ways you can reuse and repurpose your Christmas tree after the holidays.