How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Not unlike a typical farm crop, Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable product that continuously benefits our environment.
While growing, Christmas trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and reduce pollution by absorbing noxious gases and converting them to clean, breathable oxygen. They increase soil stability and provide a natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
A Christmas tree takes approximately 8 years to mature and each spring growers plant an average of 3 trees for ever tree that was harvested during the Christmas season. On average, 1 acre of farm land will produce approximately 1000 Christmas trees.
Once the Christmas celebrations are over, your Christmas tree continues to support the environment. Many are converted to mulch in a community recycling program, which is used to cover hiking trails, in gardens for moisture retention or composted for soil enhancement. Various organizations including fire departments offer drop off tree chipping services with donations benefiting various charites. Trees can also be dropped off at your community transfer station where they will be chipped and recycled. There was a time when burning Christmas trees was the status quo, however, many communities have banned this practice as chipping is much more environmentally friendly.