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5 Ways to Dispose of Your Artificial Christmas Tree

When the Christmas season ends, you may ask yourself what to do with your artificial Christmas tree. This is especially true if you have had it for a while, and it’s starting to look like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Or you’ve decided to make the switch to live trees. 

If you’re discarding an artificial tree, doing so safely and responsibly and avoiding landfills can be tricky. But don’t worry; there are plenty of green ways to dispose of your artificial Christmas tree, no matter where you live. Learn five ways you can go about disposing of fake Christmas trees.

Reuse Your Tree

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Technically, this isn’t a disposal method. Still, one of the advantages of your artificial Christmas tree is that it could be with you for many years with proper care and maintenance. Reusing your artificial Christmas tree helps lower your carbon footprint while still getting to enjoy the festive season decorations. Not only that, but the correct care guarantees you long-term value for your money. 

Store It Correctly

After taking down the decorations from your artificial tree, fully disassemble your tree and place it in an appropriate container or bag so that all pieces remain safe and secure until next year. Avoid putting too much pressure on any one part when storing.

Clean the Tree Regularly

Give your artificial Christmas tree a good cleaning before putting it away. Doing so helps avoid any dust or dirt buildup that could cause damage over time.

For pre-lit trees, use a duster or microfiber cloth to gently remove any dust accumulated over the holiday season or while it’s been in storage. For unlit trees, use a solution of water and gentle dish soap and lightly spray the tree. It should not be sopping wet. If you plan to hang lights on your tree, ensure it’s completely dry.

Clean your tree outside, in a garage, or while the tree is over a tarp.

Check for Signs of Wear and Tear

Before you put up your artificial tree, check for any signs of damage that may have occurred during its last use. If there’s something wrong, try to fix it as soon as possible so that it doesn’t get worse later on.

Wear and tear can include missing branches, bent mental stems, and broken lights. Many artificial trees come with replacement parts in the box for minor repairs.

Donate Your Tree

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If you’ve decided to dispose of your artificial Christmas tree and want to positively impact the world, consider donating it. Donating is an easy and eco-friendly way to give back to the community while avoiding sending your tree to the local dump. Before donating, make sure your tree is in good shape. If so, there are a variety of organizations that could benefit from receiving it.

Community thrift stores and charitable organizations often need trees for their own celebrations or to give away to low-income families during the holidays. You can also donate trees directly to hospitals, shelters, nursing homes, schools, or other community organizations.

Recycle the Metal Parts of the Tree

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If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, recycling metal parts of your Christmas tree is a great way to start!

Metal poles, often used as the core structure of artificial trees, are recyclable. Look for your local scrap metal recycling center and inquire about what materials they accept. Better yet, depending on where you live, some centers will even come pick up your tree from you and take it away for free!

Recycling old metal items helps reduce energy consumption in production processes and keeps valuable resources, like aluminum and steel, out of landfills.

Sell Your Christmas Tree

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If you’re looking for a practical way to make a little extra money, selling your artificial Christmas tree is a simple solution.
While there are always buyers looking for trees year-round, November is the perfect time to sell because this is when the holiday season kicks off. Buyers are in the market for festive decorations. Online platforms like eBay and Facebook Market Place are excellent places to list your tree.

Reuse the Good Parts of Your Tree

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Turn the end of your artificial tree’s life into a new beginning! If you have an old tree that needs replacing, you can still get some use out of it.

Save those limbs that are still in good condition and use them to make festive holiday decorations like wreaths! Not only will this help reduce your environmental impact, but you’ll be able to enjoy something new for years to come.

Real Christmas Tree vs Fake Christmas Tree – The Great Debate

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The debate between real and fake Christmas trees has been ongoing for years. While they both have their drawbacks and benefits for the environment, a few key considerations can help you make the right choice for your holiday decorating needs.

Real Christmas Trees 

Real Christmas trees are the traditional favorite but come with some environmental concerns.

First, cutting down a wild tree disrupts its natural habitat, which can destroy animal habitats and reduce biodiversity.

Second, although mature trees absorb more carbon dioxide than they release in their first 20 years, young trees generally don’t reach this potential before being cut down. Additionally, many Christmas tree farms use pesticides to protect the trees, which can cause chemical runoff into waterways and air pollution.

There are some benefits to owning a real Christmas tree. You’re supporting local businesses by buying an evergreen from your local farm. In addition, adding a real tree to your home adds joy, improves air quality, and can even act as a mood booster. Plus, when you choose a potted one instead of a cut-down option, you can plant it outside after participating in all the holiday cheer.

Artificial Christmas Trees 

Artificial trees offer many advantages over their natural counterparts in terms of sustainability. While they may take hundreds of years to biodegrade, they don’t require cutting down or pesticides to maintain them.

Furthermore, unlike real trees, you don’t need to purchase a new artificial one every year since it’s possible to them for multiple years before replacing them. This factor helps reduce waste and conserve resources.

One major drawback to having an artificial tree is the lasting impact on the environment. Producing these trees consumes valuable resources to make. And their plastic and metal components can pollute oceans for thousands of years if disposed of incorrectly. 

Ultimately, the decision between real and fake Christmas trees comes down to preference. But by keeping these environmental considerations in mind when making your choice, you can ensure that your holiday season is both merry and green!

Tree-duce, Tree-use, Tree-cylce!

Now that you know how to dispose of your artificial Christmas tree correctly, you can move forward with a clean conscience. You can donate the tree to charity, sell it, reuse it, or recycle its metal parts.

Whichever method you choose, proper disposal is essential for the environment. So, this holiday season, take care of your artificial Christmas tree in a way that respects the planet! Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!

Leave a comment below and share with your family and friends what you plan to do with your artificial Christmas tree this year!