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How to Responsibly Dispose of Your Christmas Tree


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All over the world, people decorate their homes with Christmas trees during the holiday season. They've been used to celebrate winter traditions for thousands of years. Christmas trees often last for over a month after being cut, but once their pesky pine needles start covering your living room floor, you'll have to get rid of them. Learn how you can dispose of this year's Christmas tree in an eco-friendly manner.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Benefits of a Real Christmas Tree

Many people think artificial Christmas trees are low maintenance, reusable, and eco-friendly. However, manufacturers often make them with polyvinyl chloride plastic, steel, and aluminum, and they aren't biodegradable. What's more, these trees are often manufactured outside of the United States and contribute to harmful carbon dioxide emissions. Real Christmas trees are recyclable and won't take years to break down in a landfill, offering a guilt-free solution for homeowners who want to get in the holiday spirit.

Options for Donating

Whether you need to donate an artificial Christmas tree or a real one, there are nonprofit groups across the country that offer pickup services to repurpose Christmas trees. These organizations recycle real trees by using them for long-term projects, such as coastal restoration, growing a new generation of trees for future holidays, or revitalizing fish habitats. After New Year's Day has come and gone, you should look into organizations in your area that can help you donate artificial and real Christmas trees.

Composting and Repurposing Your Christmas Tree

If you're an avid gardener, you can repurpose your tree for use in your backyard. Christmas trees are a great source of mulch and compost for gardens and local parks. If you have a wood chipper, you can break down the entire tree at home and use the remains for landscaping materials or as a base for your compost pile.

Burning Your Christmas Tree

If you live somewhere that gets especially cold during the winter, you can also repurpose your Christmas tree as a source of kindling for a fireplace or a bonfire. Look up regulations in your area to make sure that it's safe and legal to have an open fire outdoors. If burning your tree isn't an option, you can call to schedule a pickup for your Christmas tree via a dumpster rental.

Struggling to get rid of this year's Christmas tree responsibly? Call Bin There Dump That to schedule a dumpster rental to dispose of your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. We offer a variety of dumpster sizes for our customers to help them get exactly what they need for their projects. Find a location near you to see how we can help you dispose of your Christmas tree quickly and responsibly.