Learn what to do with your Christmas tree after Christmas.
Just because the Christmas season is over and it’s time to take down the Tannenbaum, your old Christmas tree can still live on after all the ornaments and tinsel have been put away for another year.
Whether your tree is real or artificial, there are many options for what to do with your old Christmas tree instead of leaving it on the curb.
Keep reading for some creative ideas and great recommendations for getting rid of your Christmas tree in an eco-friendly way after the holiday season is over.
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Can you reuse a Christmas tree?
Similar to a mattress, the average lifespan of an artificial Christmas tree is about ten years.
Because they can sometimes be difficult to recycle and are bad for the environment when landfilled (it turns out that your mattress and an artificial tree have a lot in common), faux Christmas trees should be reused until the very end of their lifespans.
The best way to reuse an artificial tree is to give it away. As a first step, offer your unwanted tree to a family member, friend, or charity. If it was a high-quality tree when first purchased and is still in excellent condition, you may be able to sell it.
If you’re the artsy type, you can even use your artificial tree for crafts. Depending on the age and type of tree, you can turn the branches into DIY wreaths and other great Christmas decorations.
If you’re not able to find any ideas on YouTube or Pinterest that you like, you can go the utilitarian route and cut up the tree branches to use as wreath or garland ties that blend in better than zip ties and wire.
Believe it or not, there are lots of ways to reuse an old, dried-out Christmas tree that was once living. Here’s a list of just a few of the things you can do with a real tree once the holidays are over:
- If you live near a body of water, you can throw the branches into the water to provide shelter and hiding spots for fish.
- Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them perfect as a mulch that’s dry and mold-resistant.
- If you’re a gardener, you can cut the trunk into pieces for edging and cut off branches to lay them over perennial beds to protect them from snow and frost.
- Borrow or rent a wood chipper and feed the tree through it to create mulch that can be used in the spring under shrubs to fight weeds and add nutrients to the soil.
- Cut the tree to shorten it a bit, set it in your front yard near a window, and hang small feeders from the branches to attract birds, squirrels, and other entertaining wildlife.
- After you cut your tree up into pieces and allow it to dry completely, you can use it as wood in a fire pit. It’s important to only burn your tree outside where it is well-ventilated since it will create toxic smoke and fumes when burned.
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Can I recycle my Christmas tree?
Live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be recycled for mulch and other purposes.
Most cities and municipalities have some sort of program to recycle real Christmas trees, which are usually cut into wood chips for landscaping in parks and other public areas.
If you have regular recycling pickup service, they may also collect trees during regular pickup schedules at the beginning of the New Year. Be sure to check with your recycling collector about any special requirements regarding size, ornaments, tinsel, flocking, etc.
Otherwise, you may be able to haul your tree to your local recycling center and drop it off there. Most towns and cities have recycling center drop-off locations where you can take your old tree. Check with your local department of public works for details.
If your artificial Christmas tree is just not in any shape to be given away, sold, donated, or used for crafts, then you should definitely recycle it.
Local recycling pickup for artificial trees isn’t as common as it is for real trees, but some municipalities will pick up artificial trees for recycling. Depending on the area you live in, you’ll likely have to haul your fake tree to a recycling center yourself.
Contact your local government for instructions on how to properly recycle your artificial tree, and make sure you remove all the ornaments, tinsel, garland, and lights from your Christmas tree before having it recycled.
Because they require more work and energy to be recycled than your usual metal, plastic, and paper recyclables, artificial trees should be reused as much as possible before being sent to a recycling center.
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Christmas Tree Removal & Disposal
When there’s no tree pickup service available near you and if you don’t have the time, energy, or vehicle size to be able to haul your old Christmas tree for recycling or proper disposal, you can book a pickup with LoadUp instead.
LoadUp is a nationwide, full-service junk removal company offering pickup and eco-friendly disposal of a wide variety of junk items, including old or unwanted Christmas trees. When you book a pickup with LoadUp, they will send a team of Loaders to pick up and haul away your used tree quickly and easily.
Because they care about the environment and the communities they serve, the Loaders will make sure that if your tree (or any other unwanted items you need to get rid of) can be donated or recycled, it will be!
If you’re looking for the quickest and easiest way to get rid of it, instead of putting your Christmas tree on the curb or dumping it somewhere that’s sure to get you a spot on Santa’s naughty list, schedule a pickup with LoadUp instead.
While you’re at it, you can also have them pick up any unwanted furniture, bedding, electronics, appliances, exercise equipment, or just about any other kinds of old junk you’ve got lying around collecting dust. This way you can get it all knocked out at once and get the most bang for your buck.
Because LoadUp works with local junk removal professionals and disposes of items by donating them to nearby charities and hauling them to your local recycling centers, you can expect a pickup with LoadUp to cost about 20-30% less than another junk removal company would charge.
Because they give you a low, upfront and honest final price before you even book your pickup, you don’t have to worry about experiencing sticker shock when the Loaders arrive to haul away your old Christmas tree and other junk.
Most other junk removal companies force you into a “free onsite estimate” before your pickup, locking you in with a low price that grows quite a bit once they load your stuff on the truck and pile on the fees.
You can feel completely safe knowing all Loaders carry a $1M insurance policy and are thoroughly background-checked before they’re allowed to complete pickups with LoadUp.
LoadUp’s custom technology platform allows us to provide our customers with amazing features, like real-time notifications, live GPS tracking, and white label pre-calling, making LoadUp the cutting edge of the junk removal industry.