Recycling Your Christmas Tree is a very good thing to do. And there are many ways to do it. But before you do the recycle thing, be sure you have removed all tinsel, garland, ornaments, ornament hooks, tree stands, and any other decorative aids. Updated for 2018 here.
Now that’s done, where do you recycle? And, is there only one alternative for recycling?
Many neighborhood waste pick-ups will take your tree once you take off all the items mentioned above. Be sure to ask what the requirements are before leaving it curbside. Alternatively, you can take it to a recycling center that many counties have. Again, be sure to find out the requirements before you drag it over there. Recycling/mulching programs can be found in many areas. They will chip and shred the trees and make them re-usable as mulch for your garden. Call your Dept. of Public Works (or whatever it’s called) for dates, instructions, etc.
Recycling Your Christmas Tree In Pasco County
- John S. Burks Memorial Park – 1322 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City
- Veterans Memorial Park – 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
- Anclote Gulf Park – 2305 Baillie’s Bluff Road, Holiday
- Land O’ Lakes Community Center – U.S. 41 (5401) Land O’Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes
- Sam W. Pasco Recreational Complex – 9835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
- Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park – 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey
- West Pasco Class III site – 14606 Hays Road, Springhill
- Wesley Chapel District Park – North end at Overpass road; 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel.
List courtesy of WFLA.com Thank you.
I’m not sure about this alternative. (I know I couldn’t do it in my neighborhood but if you can…) Use it as a bird feeder. If your neighborhood will allow this; put it in the backyard, tie seed balls and fruit to branches. The birds will enjoy it and will use it for shelter too. Make sure all the Christmas paraphernalia is removed first – tinsel isn’t good for birds. When the tree becomes brittle, break it up and dispose of it.
Shredded trees are being used as soil erosion barriers in some communities. This is something you would have to check into locally.
One very important caveat: never burn your Christmas Tree in your fireplace or wood stove.
You can check out other recycling alternatives at the National Christmas Tree Association, click here.
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