Each year more than 25 million coniferous trees are cut and sold as holiday decorations and all of those firs need to be disposed of once the holiday is over. As you could guess, throwing the tree out for your local garbage collection is not the best answer. Instead, there are many methods to choose from that are a much more eco-friendly. So once you’ve removed the ornaments and packed away the LED lights, read on to find the best way for you to dispose of your Christmas tree.
1. Give it a Permanent Home
If you live on a large piece of property, you could use the tree as a bird feeder and small animal refuge. If your property has a pond, you can sink the tree – which will then be used by aquatic creatures and fish as a feeder and hatchery. (If you choose this option, make sure that the tree was grown organically, free from any pesticides.) You can also cut up the tree and put it in your outdoor composter or chip it up to use as mulch in your own backyard.
2. Give it a Second Life
The National Christmas Tree Association notes that many Christmas trees are being recycled and reused in communities across the globe. Campaigns have been started to use old Christmas trees for sand dune, beach, and erosion restoration projects for example. You can see which projects are available in your area by visiting Christmastree.org.
3. Recycle It
Thankfully, most communities have some type of tree-cycling center where you can drop the trees off to be recycled into mulch for landscaping, local hiking trails, or as part of an erosion prevention project. You can find a tree-cycling center in your area via Earth911.org. Many of programs even include curbside pickup of your Christmas tree.
4. Make a Change
Next year, instead of purchasing a tree that has been cut down, consider one of the many Christmas tree alternatives. You could rent or purchase a live potted Christmas tree, purchase a non-toxic reusable tree or decorate an indoor houseplant. You could even get creative using household objects to make a Christmas tree of sorts.
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