With Christmas just around the corner the glow of Christmas trees can be seen through the windowpanes. It is that time of year where people bundle up and head to the closest Christmas tree lot to pick the perfect tree.
But what happens when all the presents around that tree are opened and Christmas carols cease to play on the radio station?
The National Christmas Tree Association urges all real Christmas tree owners to recycle these biodegradable decorations.
What to do with a Christmas tree after Christmas?
Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center: Bossier City has a free recycling drop-off location, it is located at 3320 Old Shed Road. The center's hours are 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Fish feeders: When you are done with your tree use it as a fish feeder. Trees make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.
Bird feeders: Christmas trees make great feeders and sanctuaries for birds, where they can sit on the branches for safety and shelter. After a year these branches will become brittle and easy to break apart.
Mulch: Take your tree and make mulch. Christmas trees are biodegradable, so remove those branches and chip them up in a chipper. These chips can be used as mulch in your garden.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact her at email@example.com.
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