Remove All Ornaments, Lights and Tinsel
Before you recycle your live Christmas tree, make sure that it is free of all ornaments, lights and tinsel.
Flocked Trees Are Not Recyclable
If your tree has flocking (sprayed-on fake snow), it can’t be recycled and will have to go in the trash instead.
Ways to Reduce
Decorate a Potted Tree Instead
It may be unconventional, but skipping the traditional Christmas tree (real or fake) altogether and decorating a potted tree you’ve bought or have in your home is a truly green way to have a tree for the holidays.
Buy a Rooted Tree and Plant It After the Holidays
Next holiday season, buy a tree with roots (it can be balled and burlap or containerized) and plant it in your yard after you use it.