What to Do with Your Used Christmas Tree

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You could kick your old Christmas tree to the curb after the holidays, or you could reuse it! Photo: Shutterstock

You could kick your old Christmas tree to the curb after the holidays, or you could reuse it! Photo: Shutterstock

Although there are several alternatives to traditional Christmas trees, the classic cut conifer still reigns as the most popular pine during the holidays. But what happens when the season is over, the decorations are boxed up, and your tree starts shedding needles and turning shades of brown?

Well, you can always recycle it. Several cities have a tree pickup day or accept curbside trees. You can also drop off your tree at a local recycling facility. Check out Earth911’s Recycling Search to find a tree-recycling event in your area.

While recycling your tree is one great option, there are also several ways to reuse it. Networx compiled a list of 10 great ways to reuse your tree. For example, you can use the branches and trunk as fire starters to keep warm throughout the rest of winter. You can also use tree remainders as mulch, pathway edgers and even to preserve a fish habitat — read the article for even more ideas.

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