Recycle your tree
What a precious gift for the environment!
Once the holidays are over, the Christmas tree loses its importance and rapidly becomes bulky in the house. It is then necessary to dispose of it in the best environmentally friendly way. In many municipalities, the habit of recycling the tree, once the holiday season is over, has become a simple new tradition. The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association indicates that Canada produces some 5.5 million Christmas trees every year. By recycling yours, you will contribute without any doubt to protecting the environment, thus going along with the right choice when you purchased a natural tree.
In fact, The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association underlines many positive points for choosing a real tree instead of the artificial one. To fully appreciate the value, it is important to realize that more than 60 million Christmas trees are growing in plantations across Canada, whereas 80 % of the artificial trees sold around the world come from Asian countries. The massive importation generates a bad impact on the environment, consequences of the increase of fuel consumption related to transportation and the pollution.
Did you know that…
Real trees can be recycled whereas artificial ones cannot.
Christmas trees absorb carbon and produce oxygen.
The Christmas tree industry creates many jobs in rural areas of Canada and offers a beautiful product on the market, a renewable produce, considered as a product of high quality in certain markets, being fully integrated with our heritage.
The real Christmas trees are a renewable energy source. Therefore, when the trees are harvested, young transplants are already growing in nurseries and are eager to take their space in the field.
Convinced as you are by these facts, here are a few ideas of reachable means to recycle your Christmas tree when comes time to do it.
1. If you buy a live potted tree, when spring will arrive, transplant it outdoors to embellish the landscaping of your property.
2. If you buy a cut tree, you may place it in your yard or your garden to offer winter shelter to birds or other forms of living friends that are so enjoyable on your property. Make sure you tie it down well to a pin to hold it from getting blown away.
3. You could also decide to cut your Christmas tree in cordwood to burn next winter.
4. Use a shredder to obtain mulch that you could use around your property or add to your compost.
5. Consider using the needles to make a fresh balsam scent potpourri.
6. Consider giving your tree away, if none of the above possibilities are not suitable, in order to turn it into mulch, composting or firewood. It is advised to expect your municipality to obtain related information on the Christmas tree recycling programs available in your area.
Most municipalities have a tree pick up week and composting program. Inquire about it. In many places, to recycle your tree, you only have to bring it to a seasonal gathering point, to set it at the street curb on the designated special pick up week or simply to bring it to the land fill or better yet, to the recycling centre drop off point near your home. The municipalities will see to care for the mulch or the compost that will be used year round in the green spaces of the town or made available without any charge to the residents. Some of these trees will enjoy a second life all winter long once placed in municipal parks, outdoor rinks and other winter festivities.
And if ever there are not any recycling programs in your municipality, why not help out by setting one up?
Whichever way you prefer to recycle your tree, you will definitely give it a second life while choosing a concrete and inexpensive move in favour of the environment. Think about it!