In a few short weeks numerous live Christmas trees will be tossed to the curb and left to be picked up with the trash. Out lasting the shine of the holiday, the once beautiful trees will be left to sit in a landfill. Instead of letting this happen to your Christmas tree, why not recycle it for future use and protect the environment at the same time?
There are many alternatives to tossing your live Christmas tree to the curb. Here are some ideas to consider:
-reuse the branches of the tree by using them to cover perennials during the winter months
-place your tree in your yard to provide a habitat for birds and small wildlife
-buy a tree with the root ball still intact and replant your tree in warmer weather
-take your tree to a recycling center, where it can be chipped into mulch
-goggle search nonprofit organizations who will pick up your tree and recycle it for you (some Boy Scout tribes will provide this service for a small donation).
No matter how you decide to dispose of your live tree it is important to remove all lights and decorations. Then check and check again for lights and decorations that you may have missed.
Also do not burn your live Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove! Although it might seem like the perfect solution to disposing of your tree, pines, firs and many evergreen trees have a high content of flammable turpentine oils. Burning these types of tree in your fireplace or wood stove can lead to creosote buildup and contribute to the risk of fire.