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Recycling Facts

In a national survey, 66% of consumers who selected a Real Christmas Tree said they recycled theirs in community programs. Real Christmas Trees are recycled for five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest trees. These are:


  • Chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails)
  • Beachfront erosion prevention
  • Lake and river shoreline stabilization
  • Fish habitat
  • River delta sedimentation management
Today around 98% of Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recycle resource, and Real Trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and/or pumpkins are cultivated for harvest. 

For each Real Christmas Tree harvested, up to two new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

The cycle of environmental benefits that Real Christmas Trees provide, begins when 35 million American families choose to celebrate the holiday season with a fresh Real Tree. Then the trees are given back to the environment in recycling programs; and finally new seedlings are planted in the Spring. This year, over 70 million new seedlings will be planted by Christmas Tree farmers all over America. 

We encourage you to contact your local tree farm or paper to find out how you can recycle your tree this year and give back to your community. 

**This information courtesy of the National Christmas Tree Association.