Help local parks and clear out your Christmas Tree – Here’s how

New Year's Tree

Still holding on to your holiday tree? There’s good news. The first is that the New Year’s Tree – which can be made by tweaking your Christmas tree – is making a strong showing on social media this year.

But even if you subscribe to the New Year’s tradition that dates back to 1500’s Germany and remains popular in Russia, you must be thinking about how to dispose of your natural tree.

Here’s how to do just that and do some good for local parks as well.

  1. Broward County’s Chip-a-Tree program turns your tree to mulch, which then is used at 12 county parks from Pembroke Pines to Miramar.
  2. Cities such as Davie and Plantation have independent programs and use the mulch for local parks.
  3. Boca Raton trees can be dropped off by Mizner Bark Dog Park through January 21. The mulch ends up on butterfly trails at the city’s nature center.
  4. Palm Beach County: the Solid Waste Authority will take and dispose of trees.

“We will burn them and make electricity out of them,” said Willie Puz, director of public affairs and recycling “We put them in our waste emergency plant that creates steam for turbines.”

Cities have their own requirements for trees being dropped off and some do curbside pickup. The organizations are all quite happy to collect New Year’s Trees too!

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