Continue the Christmas Spirit and Recycle Your Tree

Now that the holidays are winding down what will you do with that dried up Christmas tree? Throw it to the side of the curb?! No, wait! Give back to the Earth and recycle that tree! Most likely if you leave your tree by the curb it’ll just wind up in a landfill. You can easily find tree recycle spots online or call up your local village — many villages or nearby big cities offer Christmas tree recycling nowadays.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, “Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.”

It only makes sense to recycle Christmas trees because they are considered organic waste, which means they can be composted, mulched, or in some cases converted into fuel. Or, if you’re handy, you can reuse your tree and make something out of it, such as a stool, or other furniture or other small items.Visit for some cool and innovative ways to reuse your live tree.

Some recycle programs do require a small fee, so if you want to save money and do it yourself a couple of suggestions are:

  1. Chop the tree into firewood and kindling. The needles can be used for art projects or as mulch.
  2. Improve water quality — if you have a small pond or other body of water nearby, tossing the tree into the body of water actually helps the fish by providing shelter and nutrients.