5 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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1. Throw it in the water.

2. Keep it on your land.

  • Suet smeared in the branches

  • Pine cones coated with peanut butter and bird seed, then hung from branches

  • Strings of popcorn, cranberries or raisins wrapped around the tree

  • Hanging fruit slices



3. Use it in the garden.

4. Toss it in the stove.

5. Keep it in your community.Earth911.org

kristine dang
12/27/2006 12:00:00 AM

I do not recommend throwing pine in your stream or anywhere in your yard. Pine attracts chiggers (yes, nasty mites that bite human, as well as dogs). I've recently had a serious infestation problem due to pine bedding our gardener created in an attempt to "reuse" pine as mulch.


mike thornton
12/12/2006 12:00:00 AM

I work for the TN Division of Water Pollution Control and would like to comment on the first recycle tip. While an old christmas tree can provide habitat for fish, it must be done in an appropriate manner. Placing it in a pond is certainly not a problem. However, just tossing it in a flowing stream is not a good idea. A christmas tree can provide habitat and also erosion control, but should be securly tied or anchored to the bank.


alex ross
12/12/2006 12:00:00 AM

Please include that before tossing your pine tree into a pond for a fish habitat that the needles should be removed (and used for mulch, fuel, etc.) as they are mildly toxic to the fish.