9 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Close up of a Christmas tree farm in Oregon.When Christmas has come and gone, and those who opt for natural trees are then faced with a dilemma, how do we get rid of it? What is the best way to get rid of it?

Of course, you could leave it on the curb, but then your tree will end up in a landfill.

Keep reading to see what your other options are for giving your tree new life after the holiday season. 

What To Do With Your Christmas Tree After The Holidays

  1. Use it for (Outdoor) Firewood: If you have a wood-burning stove in your house, try to refrain from using your tree as firewood inside. That’s because the tree has not been treated to eliminate creosote, which is a  chemical that builds up in trees and burns too hot for indoor fires. However, it’s safe to use your old tree for kindling in your outdoor fire pit! If you cover the tree so it stays dry throughout the winter, you can be roasting s’mores over it come summer.
  2. Mulch Your Garden: You don’t need special or extra equipment! Just break the tree into small bits with whatever tools you have on hand. Don’t worry about the needles—if they end up in the soil they’ll help your plants retain moisture. 
  3. Create a Winter Coat for Your Plants: Pine bows make great insulators to help your plants survive the winter. Just lay them over top!
  4. Recycle It: Check the details in your city. Some offer curbside recycling, but many don’t. In that case, most cities offer a location where you can drop off your tree and have it recycled when the time comes.
  5. Create a Bird Sanctuary: Place the tree outside still in its stand, and hang filled bird feeders from the boughs, or drape the tree with pinecones coated in peanut butter. This will attract any nearby birds!
  6. Spruce Up Your Fish Tank: It may sound weird because you’ve never heard of it before, but think about it. Pine branches fall into bodies of water all the time! Clean small branches thoroughly, and place them in the tank to create a safe haven for your pet to relax and hide.
  7. Edge Your Walkway: Chop the tree trunk into 2-inch disks to create rustic, DIY edging for your flower beds or walkway.
  8. Start a Compost Pile: You can compost your tree! In fact, it makes a great first item for a new compost pile. Also, for more composting info, head over to our composting guide
  9. Return to The Seller. If you’re not sure what to do with your Christmas tree, contact the place you bought it from. Many large sellers oftentimes accept them back after use.

Rent A Dumpster For Easy Clean Out

If you are getting rid of a Christmas tree alongside other decorations and belongings, your best bet is to rent a dumpster for easy cleanout. We drop off the dumpster at any location of choice, and when the dumpster is full or ready for removal we send a truck to remove the waste, making it a hassle-free job for you and your family. For more information, contact us today!