Recycling Your Christmas Tree

As many of you are heading out and picking that perfect real Christmas tree to trim, here is one more reason you are making the right choice. Real Christmas trees are 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable, making your Christmas green in more than one way.

We know it may seem a little early to be talking about this topic, but it’s never too early to plan ahead. Staying sustainable isn’t just trendy, it’s an invaluable way to better the future for our loved ones and generations to come. That’s why it’s important to think ahead when selecting your real Christmas tree. (If you are just purchasing or are going to soon check out  tree tips we have for before, after and during Christmas)

Here is a general guideline of all the options you have when it comes to recycling your tree – remember though, every city and community may have different policies set in place.

Curbside Pickup: For the two weeks following Christmas, most areas will collect trees during their regular scheduled pick up times. There are often requirements in regards to size of the tree etc. so be sure to check with your carrier before placing it on the curb.

Drop Off Recycling: Most communities and cities around the country have free drop-off locations. Normally, there is a two-tree limit free of charge. These trees are typically shredding into chips and used in local parks or woodland areas.

Use it as Yard Waste: Put a little elbow grease and hard work into your Christmas tree and cut it up to fit into your yard waste bin.

Non-Profit Pickup: By calling and making an appointment, a non-profit organization will pick up your tree after Christmas. Check out your local non-profits to see which organizations participate in Christmas tree pickups. (Your local Boy-Scout troupe is a good place to start).

Make Mulch: If you missed your cities collection period or are feeling really ambitious, you can chop up your tree and make it into mulch to be used in your own yard.

Feed the Birds: Not quite ready to get rid of your tree? Set it up in your backyard as a sort of “bird sanctuary” by attaching various bird safe foods to it. Once it becomes brittle and frail you can chop it up and dispose of the tree properly. 

Always be sure to remove all ornaments and lights from the tree before you begin the recycling process.

Christmas is still a few weeks away and we want you to continue to enjoy your fragrant, fresh and live Christmas tree. If you have yet to purchase the focal point of your holiday décor, your real Christmas tree, check out our map of retail lots, here

Sources: National Christmas Tree Association