What to Do with Your Artificial Christmas Trees
Christmas is over and perhaps you are considering taking your artificial Christmas trees to the recycling center. Stop! Artificial Christmas trees can’t be recycled. You must leave your artificial Christmas trees at the curb with the trash. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. There are many, many families who were unable to have a Christmas tree for their children to enjoy this year and would appreciate an artificial Christmas tree donation. I’ve received many requests from families in need of Christmas trees on this website. Even though they can’t afford presents, they would each love to have a Christmas tree – a symbol of hope for better things to come.
Donate Your Artificial Christmas Trees
So, before you discard your artificial Christmas trees, donate it directly to a family in need. First, ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues if they know of a family who is in need of a free Christmas tree donation. If they don’t have a family in need to refer you to, list your free Christmas tree on your local Freecycle Network. While you are at it, take time to clean out other unwanted items and add them to your list such as toys, clothing, electronics, instruments, paint, books, bikes, furniture, and more. You might even find items that you might be able to use, too. It is always better to give, and it is always better to reuse than recycle. If that doesn’t work for you, hold onto until you or a friend holds a garage sale. You can put a “free” sign on your artificial Christmas trees. I’m sure it will go to a family in need.
Another option to discard your artificial Christmas tree for reuse is to donate the tree directly to a local charity to be offered to a family in need. Contact local churches, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charitable agencies and non-profits and let them know you have an artificial tree to donate. They may accept your tree donation at that time or ask you to wait until the next Christmas season. If you are unable to find a family or organization to donate your artificial Christmas tree to, contact local schools, community centers and churches. Decorate a small artificial tree with miniature lights and ornaments for the children’s floor of your community’s hospital.
Creative Ways to Reuse Artifical Christmas Trees
Artificial Christmas trees have parts that can be taken and reused in creative new ways. For families in need looking for ways to earn additional income, consider collecting discarded artificial Christmas trees and make indoor and outdoor holiday decorations to sell.