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.
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.