What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas trees.

Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle.

Mulching all the way

Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!

California Christmas Tree Recyclers is here to help! For just $25, they come to your home, drain the stand, vacuum the floor and mulch your tree! What’s even better is that a portion of all proceeds benefits TreePeople! You can reach them at (818) 986-1300, (310) 584-6589 or visit their website.

Credit: California Christmas Tree Recycling

LA Sanitation can help you start your new year right by mulching trees or wreaths left out in the alleyways and curbsides around the county, so long as all decorations have been removed. This not only reduces waste, but it also is a belated holiday gift– mulch for your yard! For more information and pickup locations, visit their website.

If you’d like to do your own tree disposal, small trees can be cut to fit into your green waste bin, but don’t forget to remove the ornaments.

Not an Angeleno? Americans around the country can visit Earth 911’s Recycling Search for Christmas tree recycling centers near you.

With so many options available, there’s no reason to let a tree go to the landfill. Start your new year on a green note, and recycle your tree!

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By Jessica Jewell

Jessica is TreePeople’s Director of Marketing and Communications. A native Southern Californian, you can find her wandering local trails, hanging out with her sidekick, Penny the Rescue Puppy, on her yoga mat, reading some Phillip K. Dick, or in her kitchen cooking up vegan confections.

Jessica's professional background goes back to her time working at PETA where she worked on celebrity campaigns, and a stint in the entertainment industry, where she worked at Technicolor on their Global Marketing Team.