Your recycled Christmas tree can be used for good!

Christmas Tree

With Christmas behind us, many are starting to tear down decorations and throw out their tree to kick off the new year.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, roughly 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. What can you do once you are done with it?

If you are looking to get rid of your tree, you can now recycle them and benefit the environment! This week, many programs are starting across the nation. For example, states like Georgia, Missouri, and Kentucky are asking the public to donate their trees to be converted into fish habitats. They are created by tying trees to cement blocks and submerging them into the water, four to seven feet deep. Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Management tells Fox News, “Much like we as humans need a home, fish also need to have a shelter so that they can rest, feed, and hunt. With this cover, new generations of fish are more or less likely to be eaten.”

Another avenue for recycled trees is mulch. According to a Pennsylvania State University Horticulture Professor, “the biggest endpoint for unused Christmas trees is the conversion into mulch.” He says there are multiple programs that will collect, chip, and compost the trees. Sometimes, they will even resell that end product!

Story via Greg Norman with Fox News

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