Not judging, but some of us keep our Christmas Trees around way longer than we should. And so what? The trees smell nice, look pretty, and remind us of the holidays. They’re also heavy and hard to carry out the door.
However, when we finally realize that it’s now late-February and there is still tinsel littering the living room, a whole new activity magically appears: spotting old and abandoned Christmas trees on street curbs.
This may not sound like a fun hobby, but trust me that it is. It also lives within a very narrow window, and now is the perfect time to spot an out-of-season holiday tree in your neighborhood.
But after all the holiday fun and cheer, where do these trees go and what happens to them?
TLDR: Trees are plants. Plants can get composted. Tinsel and ornaments are made of plastics. Plastic cannot be composted.
Trees get collected by a waste hauler just like the rest of your trash, then get taken to a transfer station, where they are sorted away from the other material for further processing.
- Sent through a wood chipper and turned into biofuel (burned for energy)
- Mulched into compost (mixed with other plants/food scraps and eaten by microbes)
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