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Environmentally Conscious Christmas Tree Disposal Tips

As the holidays come to a close, you might start to feel the itch for a clean start to the new year. The first thing that has to go is the Christmas tree! Here are some Environmentally Conscious tips for disposing of your live tree.

De-Trim that Tree

Remove all decorations and tinsel before you take down your tree. If you want to be sure you’re being earth friendly, you have to take off all non-organic materials before it can be recycled. Don’t bag your tree up in plastic as that makes it more difficult to process your tree in an environmentally conscious manner. 

Repurpose your tree to mulch perennials

If you can, cut the tree down into 4 ft. pieces to make recycling easier. While you have out the hand saw, cut off long branches and reuse them to mulch your perennials. This is a great way to protect your plants while being environmentally conscious!

Free pick-up doesn’t always mean your tree will be recycled

Many townships offer curbside tree pickup, but you can’t be sure your tree will be recycled into mulch or if it will just end up in a landfill. If you want to know that you’re disposing of your Christmas Tree in an environmentally conscious manner, check with your individual municipality to find out for sure.

Visit PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org to see a listing of where and how to recycle your Christmas Tree in Pennsylvania.

Most importantly, make sure you dispose of your tree before it dries out and poses a fire risk. Click here to find out how fast a dry tree can go up in flames!

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