|And now consumers
can quickly, easily and conveniently learn
how, when and where to recycle their Real
Christmas Tree after the Holidays thanks
to a partnership between the National Christmas
Tree Association (NCTA) and EARTH's 911.
- lic/private partnership company that provides
a free public service for the nation, consolidating
environmental resources such as local recycling
sites and pollution prevention programs into
one user-friendly network helping every citizen
protect our environment.
access local Christmas Tree recycling information
by entering their zip code at NCTA's website www.realchristmastrees.org or
at the EARTH's 911 website www.cleanup.org,
or they can call 1-800-CLEANUP. Among other
services, EARTH's 911 is a "clearinghouse" of
recycling information (locations, contacts,
dates, etc.) for all kinds of materials
from used motor oil to Real Christmas Trees.
chip the trees into mulch for user on gardens,
parks, hiking trails, playground areas,
animal stalls and landscaping. Whole Christmas
Trees are used in river shoreline stabilization,
beach erosion prevention, marshland sedimentation,
fish habitats, winter garden decorations,
wild bird feeders and even hazardous chemical
clean-ups. Even the trees that are not
used in a specific program are all ultimately
recycled back into nature, since Real Christmas
Trees are 100% biodegradable. Most artificial
trees, on the other hand, are made overseas
from petroleum products, cannon be recycled,
and provide no benefit to the environment.
Nearly 98 percent
of Christmas Trees are grown on farms as
a crop just like corn, wheat or pumpkins.
However, Christmas Trees can take between
4 and 15 years to grow large enough to
harvest. Smaller trees are left in the
field for a future harvest. And for
every Christmas Tree harvested, up to three
more are planted following the harvest,
according to the National Christmas Tree
Association (NCTA). Unlike other crops,
there are always large numbers of Christmas
Trees in the field all year. Earlier this
year, Christmas Tree farmers across North
America planted over 70 million seedlings.