Recycle Your Christmas Tree

— Written By Linda Creech


Cyndi Lauderdale, Hort. Extension Agent

Dec. 31, 2012


Recycle Your Christmas Tree


            Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, plan on giving your Christmas tree back to the earth by recycling it.  Wilson municipalities have Christmas tree collection programs to shred the tree and using them for mulch.

            In order to recycle a Christmas tree make sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, hardware and stand.  Christmas trees that have been sprayed with artificial snow typically will not be accepted for recycling.   Avoid placing Christmas trees in the garbage with the rest of the trash.  Instead, place on the curbside for recycling.  Look in the Wilson Times for times and dates for Christmas tree removal.

            Other options for recycling a tree include:

–       Submerge tree into a private fishpond.  The tree becomes a fish feeding refuge.

–       Place in the garden and use as a bird feeder and refuge.  Eventually the tree will become brittle and then can be taken apart and chipped into mulch.

–       Cut branches off and place on top of landscaped beds for mulch.

Do not burn a Christmas tree in a fireplace.  Doing so causes creosote buildup.  This reduces the efficiency of your fireplace, is highly flammable and a potential fire hazard. 

Recycling your Christmas tree will help to improve the soil and environment, provide wonderful smelling mulch, and substantially reduce the amount of waste entering the landfill.

We all want a greener environment.  This is just one way to have a greener 2013.

For all your gardening needs contact the Wilson Extension Master Gardeners on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM at 252.237.0113 or email anytime at

Written By

Linda CreechCounty Extension Secretary (252) 237-0112 linda_k_creech@ncsu.eduWilson County, North Carolina
Posted on Dec 31, 2012
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