Do you recycle your Christmas, Yule, etc. greens?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
December 27, 2009 8:19am CST
Where I live, there are a few ways to recycle them. 1. compost them yourself, (most people have a wood chipper that do this) 2. put them on a pile and have the garbage man bring them to the recycling unit or you bring them to the recycling unit. 3. you collect the parts you want and reuse them for crafts or just put in the woods to naturally decay. I will be doing the third one. Mostly with the Balsam Spray I have on my door. I will put the dried needles in pillows for friends. I already did that for family one year.
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• United States
27 Dec 09
way to go writersedge! recylce make crafts- have wreaths all winter due to cold weather i take the branches and dry use in closets drawers for the scent also happy holidays
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Dec 09
Thanks Ice Palace, you're doing a wonderful thing for your clothes, they must smell great! Happy Holidays!
• United States
27 Dec 09
Oh ice that is a great ideal there. I would have never thought of doing that at all. I like for my house to smell good so you have given me an ideal. I think I will get a twig from outside and lay under my couch... Keep smiling.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Hi Rose Pedal, nice to meet you.
@celticeagle (121199)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Dec 09
We used to just put the tree on a pile of such things we had out by the garden. That was back in the 70's and 80's. Now days we either put it in the trash or something. Could have burned it in the stove if we still used a wood burner. We live in an apartment now so we don't have much of a way to utilize it.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Depends on the kind of tree. If it's a tree with pitch in it, the pitch when it heats up can spit the fire, not usually recommended for wood stoves. Can be done, just not recommended. Sounds like you used to let it go back to nature. Do the trash people mulch or compost it or just fill up the landfill, do you know?
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@celticeagle (121199)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 09
I haven't heard anything this year but last year they put it in a community compost pile. I am proud to say I live in a very thoughtful community.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Wonderful! Compost or mulch make sense. Filling up land fills doesn't. Thanks and take care.
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@bdugas (3581)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I have a fake tree or store bought one, not a live one. I got tired of the mess you have to clean up and the needles on the floor to step on so got this nice big one at the goodwill one day when i was in there. It really is a pretty tree, but don't have that smell that a real one has, I wanted to get a real one this year but kept putting it off and finally ended up putting up the fake one. So there is nothing to dispose of. But when I lived in Louisiana, they kept them all and took them up on the levee on New Years and burnt them. Here where I live you just put them out by the curb and the trash man comes along on certain days and picks them up.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Dec 09
What kind of tree did you have in Louisiana? Must have been quite the sight burning all of them. Does the trash man put them in the landfill or does it go for compost or mulch now? Thanks for responding and take care.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Guess here in Ohio they just go to landfill, I never really ask what they did with them after they picked them up. Yes it is quite a sight to see them all burning, it is some kind of tradition down there on christmas eve and new years.
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@ElicBxn (60892)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I don't have the real stuff around the house because I'm so allergic to them - of course, I also don't decorate much...
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I just made sprays and wreaths for the outdoors for people to hang outside this year.
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@ElicBxn (60892)
• United States
27 Dec 09
That's cool, I don't have access to stuff like that so I'd have to buy them - and why bother - I'd like to do stuff with pine cones, and even know a place to get some, but then I'd have to clean them and work with them and... well, the cats are SO much help...
• United States
27 Dec 09
Hi, Edge! What a lovely idea!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Dec 09
Which one?
@cher913 (25889)
• Canada
27 Dec 09
when we get a real Christmas tree we send them to a place where they get chopped up and sold as mulch for gardens. the city picks them up for free but sells the mulch. at least we get rid of it this way.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Dec 09
The usefulness of the tree continues. Thanks and take care.
@GardenGerty (106865)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I did not have real greens this year. Usually we take them to the park department to be turned into mulch. I actually put up decor only a week ago or so. I made a Christmas Tree out of a tomato cage. I know the fragrant pillows sound great. There is a big movement to use pine straw instead of cedar bark for mulch.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Dec 09
That is so funny. I was looking at a tomato cage that I tripped over and thought that would make a cool tree if I just cut different greens and put the on with wire. mulch is good, that's actually what they probably do with it at the dump.