RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - Each year, millions of Christmas trees brighten up homes andchildren’s hearts. But after the holiday and the ornamentsremoved, the once-sparkling tree often gets hauled to thelandfill.
This year, resolve to recycle that tree. Communities all overthe country have set up recycling programs to turn trees intogarden mulch, to become sand and soil erosion barriers along thebeach and to create feeding grounds for lake fish. In Rio Ranchothere will be tree-cycling from December 26, 2009 to January 11,2010. Bring your Christmas tree, with all decorations removed theRio Rancho Sports Complex, at 3501 High Resort Blvd, SE. Trees willbe turned into mulch by PNM. Christmas Tree mulch will be availableto the community free of charge on a first come first servebasis.
“Recycling your Christmas tree is giving a gift back tothe environment,” said Marlene Feuer, Government AffairsManager of Waste Management. “Mulching a tree provides aprotective barrier for the roots of other plants while preventingweeds from growing. The mulch then decomposes, providing thenutrients plants need to thrive.”
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, pine needmulch helps winter soil retain heat. When spring arrives, warm soilencourages early seeding and fast growth. As the season progresses,the mulch stabilizes temperature and moisture, and preventssunlight from germinating weed seeds.
Before donating a real tree, be sure to remove the tinsel,plastic and other non-recyclable ornaments. Never burn yourChristmas tree, even if it is dried out.
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