Here’s what happens to unsold Christmas trees

Firs. Pines. Spruces. Cedars. 

Tens of millions of those prickly evergreens are chopped, shipped, bought and adorned each vacation season. So what occurs to the lonely pre-cut bushes with sparse spots and damaged limbs that by no means make it to a toasty household room nook?

Many are chopped up, floor down and fed to crops and animals, in line with Rocco Malanga, the proprietor of Cedar Grove Chrismas Bushes in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

“On a industrial degree, they turn into wooden chips which might be made into mulch,” Malanga stated. “That is quite common. Except for that, they go to farms for livestock. But when we have carried out our job accurately, there’s not rather a lot that now we have to take care of.” 

Cedar Grove Christmas Trees is a retail and wholesale firm that’s concerned within the “complete lifecycle” of the vacation tree, Malanga stated. He is a 3rd technology proprietor of the enterprise that gives over 50,000 bushes and wreaths to a lot of the East Coast. The corporate sells bushes to native retailers, Residence Depot and Walmart. 

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Malanga stated that after the vacations are over, some unsold bushes make a journey to the seashore. 

In coastal areas that get ravaged by hurricanes and erosion, left-over Christmas bushes might be mounted collectively, staked down and used to lure sand.

“A dry Christmas tree is an ideal basis for the creation of sand dunes. Over time, the tree will break down, however it provides time for crops round them to take root,” Malaga stated.

Wholesome sand dunes are the primary line of protection throughout tropical storms as a result of they’re able to soak up the impression of damaging winds and waves.

After the shoreline of New Jersey and a few of New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Irene in 2011, Cedar Grove Christmas Bushes donated a few of the stripped-down vacation logs to shoreside cities. 

“Now we have a wholesale yard that has bushes left over at all times,” Malanga stated. “If there’s any want we’re completely happy to become involved.” 

The afterlives of Christmas bushes can range vastly relying on the situation. 

In Louisiana, some leftover bushes are used to assist restore coastal marshes. In elements of Illinois, outdated Christmas bushes have been used to create nesting buildings for endangered herons. In South Dakota, bushes have been dropped into a lake to enhance fish habitats. And in San Francisco, spare Christmas bushes have been fed to goats. 

In accordance with the Nationwide Christmas Bushes Affiliation, there are greater than 4,000 native Christmas Tree recycling applications all through the USA and roughly 25 to 30 million are bought every year. 

Comply with Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Here's what happens to unsold Christmas trees

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