Recycling Your Real Christmas Tree

| January 3, 2013

Each year, millions of real Christmas trees are cut down worldwide for the holiday season. And every year at the end of the first weekend in January, a lot of these trees end up simply discarded. But there are really much better ways to dispose of a real Christmas tree. Ways that are much better for the environment, as well.

Here are a few different ways to dispose of your Christmas trees.

Curbside Pickup

Don’t just throw your tree out into the curb after Christmas. Most cities offer curbside pickup, typically around two weeks after Christmas. Look up when they are doing pickups and place your tree outside then.

If you put your tree out front too early, it could get treated as trash. If you do it too late, you might miss the curbside pickup window and again the tree will just be treated as trash.

Note that some cities may not offer Christmas tree pickups at all, so do make sure you check your city’s website.

Take it to the Recycler

If you can not find anyone to pick it up for you and if you miss the curbside pickup deadline, then you can just drive and take your tree to the landfill to be recycled or the recycler yourself. Most recyclers will take your tree completely free of charge.

Look up Green Recycle

Look up green recycle and environmentally oriented non-profits in your area. Chances are many of them will have partnerships with recyclers that help people get rid of their Christmas trees. Generally all the information you need will be on their website, though you can also call and ask.

Call the Boy Scouts

You can also just have the tree picked up for you by the Boy Scouts (or Lions Club). Just call your local Boy Scouts chapter and ask if they have a program to pickup Christmas trees.

You will normally have to pay them $5 to $10 for this service. This is a great way to make sure your tree gets recycled, as well as to support your local Boy Scouts chapter and help teach kids the value of helping the community.

Use it As Firewood

If you live in a cold part of the country, you could just cut up the tree and use it as firewood. Christmas trees aren’t the best burning woods in the world and can be smokier than your average firewood, but it’s still a good way to get rid of a tree. Chop it up and burn it in small pieces.

Shred it into Mulch

A lot of cities today have programs that shred your mulch for you. Basically a tree shredder drives to your area on a certain day and the tree is turned into mulch on the spot. Great for your garden.

With so many different choices for recycling a real Christmas tree, there is really no reason to throw yours away.

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