So, Christmas is now over and we have to decide when to take down the tree. BTW, according to the CVWMA website, more than twenty-eight million Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S. and that does not include all those that people cut themselves. If you have a fake one, form this point on, the eco-impact is pretty straight forward, put it away and you’re done. If you have a live one, great!!! Plant that thing in a nice place, and start sequestering carbon and helping with global warming—and hopefully making your yard look better too.

But, what if you have a real one that was cut down?  How should you dispose of or recycle it? Well, there are many ways to do this, but we hope you opt for one that is green and eco-friendly as twenty-eight million is a lot of tress to dispose of.

One of the easier ways of disposing of your tree is to recycle it at a local recycling center. Of you do not know where your recycling center is near you, well, this is a good time to find out. Just Google “recycling center” and your zip code or city the name of the city and state you live in and you should have no problem finding one. Also, many municipalities have drop of locations marked that you can take your tree to for them to pick up in mass quantities and often your waste pickup company will pick them up for you at curbside. Give them a call and see.

What happens with these trees is that most of the time they are mulched and allowed to compost over time to create eco-friendly fertilizer. Some places use these trees to help shore up shore lines and reduce erosion. Some burn them, but this is not a recommended method as it can be dangerous and can generate a lot of heat and resin in your fireplace and that can start future flue fires later.

Let us know what method you used this year by commenting below.

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