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.

Be kind to our fine
feathered friends.

Help balance
our ecosystem.

Think spring.

Go organic in
your garden.

Give fish a
new home.

Improve hiking trails
and playgrounds.

Save our shoreline.

Don’t just recycle,

Make next year’s
presents out of this
year’s tree.

Enjoy the beauty
of branches all year long.

Don’t just recycle, treecycle.

Look online or in your local paper for community treecycling programs. Sometimes these are held to benefit a local charity or other worthy cause. Many municipalities also offer to pick up your tree at the curbside. The trees are then turned into mulch for playgrounds and beautification projects. Call 1-800-Cleanup or visit for treecycling opportunities near you.

Source: Earth 911 (