This year, after the presents are opened and the ornaments are removed from the once-sparkling Christmas tree, Waste Management of NY invites residents to recycle their trees through its free tree collection program.
“Christmas trees can do more than brighten children’s hearts this holiday season,” said Jeff Richardson of Waste Management of NY. “Trees can be recycled and given back to nature in the form of mulch.”
When bringing trees to the drop off location, customers should follow these guidelines: Remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands and note that flocked trees cannot be recycled. The trash collector will collect them.
Perinton residents may bring their trees to High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center located at 425 Perinton Parkway from Dec. 26 through January during operation hours: Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free of charge for Perinton residents. Non-residents pay only a $1 fee.
For the creative recycler, here are other ideas for repurposing your tree:
• Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
• Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches can be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.
• Living, rooted trees: Of course, you can get a rooted tree and then plant it in your yard after Christmas.