In your home and yard, and all around your community, there are so many ways you can use Christmas trees after the holidays to help the environment and help ensure that our forests can remain abundant for many generations of happy holidays to come.
But before using or donating your real tree, be sure to remove tinsel, plastic and other non-recyclable ornaments that could be harmful to animals. Never burn your Christmas tree, even if it is dried out. Burning the tree is bad for air quality and can cause a fire.
Save our shoreline.
Whole Christmas trees are used to stabilize river shoreline and prevent marshland sedimentation. In coastal communities, recycled trees can be donated to make dunes that help alleviate beach erosion.
Source: National Christmas Tree Assn. (www.christmastree.org)