NIPOMO, California - In this weeks, 'Down to Earth,' now that the Christmas season is over you'll probably want to get rid of your tree; Central Coast News shows you the green benefits of Christmas tree recycling.
If you're tired of picking up pine needles from the floor it may be time to get rid of your tree, but think of it this way, you're going to help the environment the rest of the year.
You may think since Christmas is over, your Christmas tree goes to the trash, but think again.
"It's completely compostable, put back into the ground, and actually improves the soil. We take them and chip them and compost them putting them back in," says Carl Holloway of Holloway Christmas Trees.
Turning them into fertilizer not only benefits the earth, but helps new trees grow. Making life on planet earth a little easier.
"Trees are working for us all the time. They are scrubbing the air and producing oxygen. I just read an article that says an acre of Christmas trees produces oxygen for 18 people on the planet every day, so fake trees just don't do that," says Holloway.
So if you're eager to recycle your tree there are only a few steps you need to follow.
"Cut them in half and leave them on the curb. Of course you've got to take the stand off and stuff like that and no ornaments of anything like that. Then they take them and they do the same thing, they send them through mass chipping operations and they become soil," says Holloway.
So next year, when you can't decide whether you want a real tree or not just remember the lasting benefits these green beauties have to offer.