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Give your Christmas tree a second life through recycling

Whether you were rockin’ around it at the Christmas party hop or unwrapping gifts beneath its steadfast branches, naturally-grown Christmas trees are a festive backdrop for the holiday season. When the needles start dropping, however, consider giving O Tannenbaum a second life through your city or county recycling program.

“Recycling your Christmas tree keeps it out of the landfill and helps you give back to your community,” said Rebekah Eastep, a team leader with the a region-wide public information initiative. “Many localities collect and chip the trees into mulch or compost that are used to beautify city and county public spaces.”

Beginning on or around Dec. 26, residents throughout the greater Hampton Roads area can take advantage of this seasonal recycling program. Trees should be free of ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands.

In addition to traditional recycling, there are many creative ways to use natural Christmas trees and greenery in your own yard and...

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