How Do I Get Rid of My Christmas Tree?

Now that the dumpster fire that was 2020 is over people are starting to take down their decorations and toss the Christmas tree. When I was a kid, you just dragged it to the curb and that was it. However, we now have many options in Jersey to give new life to the tree that gave our families so much joy during the holiday season.

Cape May County Park & Zoo

A zoo may not sound like a place that could use a Christmas tree, but the animals just love them! They are great treats for the goats and play things for the other animals. The Cape May County Park & Zoo is accepting Christmas trees until January 10th. Trees can be dropped off daily, 7am – dusk, in the Office parking lot (your first right when you enter the park). Make sure you remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Our 2020 Christmas tree

Mulch, mulch, mulch…

Many towns now offer curb-side pickup of trees for mulching. After chipping, the mulch is sometimes offered to town residents for their personal use, while others make it available to their community gardens. Each town will have their own pickup schedule. It is best to check on your town’s website or contact your local DPW (Department of Public Works).

Sand dunes

If you live down the shore, it is also worthwhile to check with your DPW to see if they are collecting trees for use in local sand dunes. In the past Island Beach State Park has collected trees from all over the state to help support their sand dune project, however, they are skipping this year.

In Your Backyard

When it comes giving new life to your Christmas tree, don’t forget to look to your own backyard. Break off branches and place them around to protect your garden beds throughout the winter. Additionally, if you take off the needles and just use the branches, you can use them in your compost pile.

Home Depot

Whether you love or hate “big box” stores, they can play an important role in the community. Home Depot has partnered with a tree chipping company to collect and chip Christmas trees. They started the day after Christmas and will continue throughout January. Make sure to contact your local Home Depot to confirm they are collecting trees in your area as well as their collection schedule.

Final Reminders

A few final reminders before you recycle your tree:

  • Remove all ornaments and tinsel, garland, lights, and ribbons
  • Do not wrap your tree in plastic
  • Remove the base
  • Some towns do not recycle wreaths
  • If you have any questions, make sure to contact your local DPW or recycling center before bringing your tree to the curb or recycling location

Christmas Tree Farm Preserved Just in Time for Christmas!

The following is a reprint of a recent press release from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, in partnership with Sussex County and the Allison Family, has preserved the Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm, a bucolic 130-acre property in the heart of Lafayette Township. A community treasure for 52 years as a Christmas tree farm and since the late 1700’s as a dairy farm, residents and visitors can now count on the Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm being a permanent part of our future.

Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm

The Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm.

The Farm has won awards from both the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association and the New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, as well as winning the Hunterdon Fair People’s Choice Award for their Norway spruce, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, and Concolor fir.

The Land Conservancy has been working with Lafayette Township to identify farmland owners who qualify for the State’s Farmland Preservation Program. Land Preservation Director Sandy Urgo points out, “Farm owner Bill Allison has taken a unique property and made it a beautiful and thriving agricultural operation. The work and effort that has been invested in Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm is apparent to everyone who visits. It is a very special place.”

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey secured funding to preserve the Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm from the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee and the Sussex County Agricultural Development Board. The County will own and monitor the easement under the Sussex County Farmland Program. Farm owners interested in preserving their agricultural lands for future generations may contact Sandy and her team for assistance.

Please visit www.njchristmastreefarm.com for more information about the tree farm and its trees for the holidays.

To learn more about The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, check out www.tlc-nj.org/.