Composting the Christmas trees

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

It’s time to turn the page on the holidays by composting your Christmas tree.

The City of London organized 2 days for curbside pickup of your Christmas tree so it can be chipped by Try Recycling and turned into mulch.

Christmas trees branches in compost

Christmas trees branches in compost

Rick Vandersluis,  Vice President of Try Recycling, says that”80% of the Scott’s fertilizer bag will be made out of the Christmas trees that we collect this month.”

Last year, 2.5 metric tonnes or 25 hundred to 3 thousand trees were collected and were made into mulch. This process takes up to 6 to 8 months.

At Tree Lane Farms, they prepare for planting trees in the spring. The trees can take up to 10 years to grow, so they designate different crop fields for a specific year.

Christmas Tree farm planting trees

Christmas Tree farm planting trees

One thing that Vandersluis doesn’t recommend is burning the tree “burning the tree causes greenhouse gases that are not controlled well our way of composting the tree is in a controlled manner and you get an end product to help the growth in other plants.”

 

 

 

 

 

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