Each year approximately 25 – 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States according to the National Christmas Tree Association. And each January, that vast indoor forest of spent trees simultaneously wear out their welcome and must go somewhere.

Thankfully, there are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs around the country. While most of these programs mulch or compost trees, there is a range of interesting ways in which they are being reused or recycled, including as artificial reefs, erosion mitigation, and much more. But there are many communities that still lack a green option for Christmas tree disposal.

Join us for this webinar, the first in an ongoing series exploring interesting topics in organic waste management, co-produced by the editors of Waste Age / waste360.com and Stuart Buckner, Ph.D., president of Buckner Environmental Associates, LLC and former executive director of the U.S. Composting Council.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The role of the National Christmas Tree Association in helping to achieve a recycling rate for real Christmas trees of more than 93 percent.
  • The environmental advantages real Christmas trees enjoy over artificial trees.
  • Best practices for establishing and promoting a Christmas tree recycling program.
  • How Christmas trees are processed, prepared and used as mulch and compost.
  • Best practices for limiting contamination in Christmas trees sent for composting.
  • Unique ways in which discarded Christmas trees are being used besides mulching and composting.

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