Don't ditch your Christmas tree on the curb — recycle it

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you haven't thrown out your Christmas tree yet, it can be goat food or mulch, or it can help restore the Jersey Shore.

The lack of sparkling lights and ornaments may have your Christmas tree looking like trash, but how about recycling it?

"For your tree to go to a landfill, it's a waste of resources," says Dave Bloovman, co-owner of Circle Compost.

He says all you have to do is be within their service area, register online, and pay $20. "That includes us picking up the tree," Bloovman explained, "bringing it to a farm site, and then we pay a company to come chip them all up and turn it into woodchips." 

Circle Compost will pick up trees Jan. 4 and 11, according to Bloovman. "This year," he revealed, "we are taking all the trees to Novick Urban Farm, kind of an urban oasis, a hidden gem within the city. It's down near the stadiums."

Other recycling options include feeding the goats with the Philly Goat Project at Awbury Arboretum's Agricultural Village in West Philly. 

If you're down the shore, you can take it to the Island Beach State Park in Seaside, where they will use it for beach restoration.  


CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, the location of Island Beach State Park was misidentified.