Christmas Tree Recycling
Formerly live trees used for Christmas celebrations, remain a resource when the holiday ends. To be certain that a tree is not sent to the landfill, remove all the lights and decorations. Consider taking the tree to one of the County Forest Preserves for mulching. The pine chips can be used for trails or for nutrients. If living in a municipality the collects trees, call and learn if the trees are taken serperately for recycling and composting.
If unable to take the tree to the Forest Preserve or place at the curb for a special tree collection, consider placing it in the back yard for a month with birdseed attached. This allows small birds to find shelter and food in the winter months and gives the tree more use before it is taken to a landfill.