Here Are Some Ways to Recycle Your Xmas Tree in NY
It's that time of year when we take down the decorations and the Christmas tree. If you had a real tree up this year, here are several ways you can recycle your tree and go green this season.
What Are the Recommendations?
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, there are several ways you can recycle that Christmas tree this year without having it end up in a landfill. A lot of ways you can recycle have to do with helping the environment.
Does Your City or Town Offer Pick-Up?
Many local municipalities offer free tree pick-up or a recycling program that turns your tree into compost and mulch. You must remove all ornaments and lights. The local public works department in your town should have info.
Make a Bird Habitat
Birds love brush piles and if you have the room you could make a habitat out of your old Christmas tree. It provides shelter during the winter and it allows you to bird watch all season long.
Donate to Local Farm
Christmas trees are welcome to a lot of local farms. Goats love to munch on old trees and get Vitamin C out of the needles. Ask a local farm if they need them.
A Christmas tree is perfect because it is biodegradable. You can have the branches removed, chipped, and used as mulch in your own garden.
Help With Soil Erosion
There are some towns that use Christmas trees to make soil erosion barriers. These are important for lake and river shoreline stabilization.
Paths For Hiking Trails
Many counties throughout the Capital Region use mulch and chips from shredded trees as a way to make a natural path for hikers in various locations. This is a fresh and environmentally friendly material.