HOW TO: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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Wondering how to recycle your tree once Christmas has come and gone? Rest assured, “O Tannenbaum” has plenty of life left in those lovely branches once he’s finished sprucing up your home. The National Christmas Tree Association is a great resource for all of us eco-minded types who want to make sure our trees stay green after the ornaments come off.

 

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For those of you pondering whether you did the right thing by buying a real tree as opposed to an artificial one, you can finally put the debate behind you with the knowledge that real trees are clearly the more eco-friendly choice. Learn why artificial trees should be avoided when it comes to holiday decor.

This year, even the Vatican is going green, with plans to recycle the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square by using its wood to make toys for children. I was surprised to hear about a variety of other, less obvious ways to recycle Christmas trees, such as making vaccines and dune restoration.

When you’re ready to recycle your tree, visit Earth911.com to locate a Christmas tree recycling program, pick-up or drop-off location in your area. All you need to do is enter your zip code to be directed to your nearby options.

If you’re still in the market for a tree, and you’re in the Portland area, consider renting a tree from The Living Christmas Tree Company. They’ll plant it when your finished enjoying it, so it may live for many years to come. If you’d rather think outside the box, opt for the Cardboard Christmas Tree, which is affordable, chic, reusable, and do-gooding, as sales benefit the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America Program.

National Christmas Tree Association

Earth911.com

The Living Christmas Tree Company

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One thought on “HOW TO: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

  1. thank you for the information; well detailed, but i still do think artificial trees are the best option for the next few years and this is why.

    – Christmas trees take several years to grow
    – If thousand of people decided the best option this Christmas is to have a real tree, well imagine the damage to the forest even if we have the best recycling programme.
    – The next year it will be the same story cutting tons of trees then recycling them as well as the year after and in the meantime the trees that have just been planted are not big enough to be used.
    – And then we will be faced with a huge deficit of huge demand and virtually no trees and few forests.
    – Maybe using trees in pots might be a good option then those trees get donated to organisations that can replant them. but even this idea is not practical in the long run.

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