How to Recycle or Reuse Your Christmas Tree

Now that Christmas Tree and the holidays are over, you have plenty of options for disposing of your tree. Here are seven ways to recycle or reuse your tree as a better landfill alternative.

Recycle your tree.

Check with your city or town government for Christmas tree drop-off areas, which are often set up near recycling centers. Here, the trees are usually sent through a chipper to be used as mulch for parks and gardens. Some cities have designated Christmas tree pickup days and times, so make note of them. It removes the burden and mess of transporting it yourself.

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Cut down your tree and use it as fuel for your fireplace or fire pit. While the needles will dry quickly, you may have to wait a few months before the logs are dry enough to burn.

Mulch with needles

Place the old tree in your yard to act as mulch. Simply remove your branches and remove the dead needles. The needles will not collect mold and they decompose slowly.

DIY coasters and borders

How to Recycle or Reuse Your Christmas Tree

Use your miter saw or hacksaw to cut your Christmas tree trunk into coasters and trivets. Make sure you sand and stain the underside of the surfaces before use and seal them to prevent sap seepage. You can also use them as edging borders for gardens and walkways.

Create fish food and habitat

If you have a lake or pond on your property, consider putting your tree in it. That old pine or spruce provides a natural and decomposing habitat for fish and attracts algae for them to eat. Some game and fisheries departments will offer a drop-off service for trees they will use in community lakes and ponds. Just remember to remove all ornaments, hooks and decorations before leaving it.

Restoration of mounds

How to Recycle or Reuse Your Christmas Tree

Coastal communities devastated by hurricanes and hurricanes have turned to old Christmas trees to help fight beach erosion and restore sand dunes. Christmas trees and their needles hold sand and vegetation against strong winds and provide cover for birds in the winter.

Throw a chipper party.

Rent a wood chipper and invite your friends and neighbors to bring their Christmas trees for a wood chipper party. Divide the chips for everyone to use as mulch and enjoy the sights and sounds of a chipper in action. Always follow safety instructions when using a wood chipper. And don’t take any ideas from Fargo.


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