The holiday season has ended. What do we do with that still-green (do they PAINT them?), needle-sharp (ouch!!), dry-but-too-sticky-to-touch (yuck!) Christmas tree? Looking around the neighborhoods, we see that many people just toss it to the curb and hope that it will disappear. (Just put a “free” sign on it, right?)
Some trash haulers will pick up the trees from their customers. Or you can haul it to a facility yourself. Either way, get rid of it before the end of January, or keep it until spring. Do we really want our trees going to the landfills?
About 30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States.
This means about a million trees (all biodegradable unless you left tinsel or your stand on the tree) every January in Minnesota are sent to landfills. We could stick the trees in our back yards and wait for the yard waste sites to open in April. Get a tree with roots, water them and plant them in the spring. Don't have a tree inside (imagine how much money we'd save!). Find an interesting and helpful use in nature for these trees (no, not burning it). For a good laugh and great ideas, click here Adam Cole’s Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return to Nature from NPR News in 2014.
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