Real Christmas Trees: The Christmas tree has done its typical job of welcoming the outside in throughout the cold months, illuminating the living room with lights and glittering decorations, and hiding presents from those who can’t wait until Christmas Day to open them.
Real Christmas Trees May Be Recycled In Oregon
Real trees, wreaths, and other Christmas flora still have one more good deed in them if they are recycled in the right way, helping the environment and providing funding for organizations like scout troops and schools. Debarked trees can serve as compost, wood chips, or even as a home for animals.
On Saturday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers with the North Clackamas Watersheds Council, which repairs streams, will be collecting Christmas trees in North Clackamas Park Area A. Only real trees, no plastic, tinsel, or frosted ones, please (by the Dog Park and Milwaukie Center).
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Donations are requested, with a suggested amount of $5 per tree, in addition to “any contribution to our work you’d like to make.”
On February 4, volunteers will strategically bury recycled Christmas trees near Milwaukie’s Spring Park Natural Area and Elk Rock Island as aquatic habitat restoration to safeguard young fish (sign up to help at ncprd.com).
Wood in creeks offers shelter for salmon, especially juvenile salmon, where they can hide from predators, eat, and develop strong enough to live in the ocean, according to Neil Schulman, executive director of the North Clackamas Watersheds Council.
Furthermore, he claims that insects drawn to tree needles provide essential nutrition for developing salmon and steelhead. Instead of throwing away your Christmas tree, “this is a terrific way to transform it into habitat for your local river,” adds Schulman. “Together, we can bring back the natural diversity of our suburban streams.”
Prepare For Recycling
After the North Clackamas Watersheds Council’s annual Christmas tree collection event in January, the repurposed firs are placed in public spaces including Spring Park and Elk Rock Island.
On January 7, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers from the North Clackamas Watersheds Council will collect real Christmas trees (no plastic, tinsel, or frosted ones) from North Clackamas Park Area A. (North Clackamas Watersheds Council) Prior to recycling, remove all decorations, lights, tinsel, wire, nails, spikes, stands, plastic, and other added materials from the tree’s branches.
Get rid of the frames and everything else that isn’t a plant from the wreaths. Learn the collecting group’s or recycler’s stance on swags and other greenery by contacting them. Flocked trees are not appreciated by everyone.
Real Christmas trees and foliage can be recycled with yard garbage, brought to a recycling facility, or donated to a charity, all of which are viable options for their subsequent use.
Christmas trees left at the curb for trash collection are subject to the laws of garbage companies. This article first appeared in the Staten Island Advance and was written by Hilton Flores and
Oregon volunteers are ready to help you recycle real Christmas trees https://t.co/3ErnK8s6F8
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If the tree or other natural Christmas decoration fits within the bin and is collected on the regularly scheduled pick-up day, the garbage service will take it away. If your tree can fit into your garbage can when you close the lid, it should be thrown away with the rest of your yard waste. If the tree is too large to fit in the bin, break it apart and put it in the cart as you empty it.
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If the tree is shorter than six feet in length, it can be placed next to the cart on the curb, while taller trees will need to be chopped; in any case, there may be an extra charge for the extra trash.
Visit Oregonmetro.gov/christmastrees or contact Metro at 503-234-3000 for further information, or get in touch with your local solid waste and recycling office or trash collector.
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