Central Texans learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle their Christmas trees

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 18:14:37-05

Keep Waco Beautiful is helping Central Texans reduce, reuse and recycle their Christmas Trees. 

In the annual Chipping of the Green, hundreds of trees are dropped off to Paul Tyson Football field to be chipped and then bagged and used as mulch. 

Keep Waco Beautiful also gave saplings to people to plant in their yard, making up for the many trees that are cut down for the holiday season. 

Kimberly Schaver is a 5th-year returner, but its not just her Christmas tree she recycles. 

"I even find them on the side of the road so I'll throw 'em in the back of the truck strap them down and we're good to go," Schaver said. 

Chipping Christmas trees helps the environment in so many ways and the big one that is on most Central Texan's minds is where these trees end up. 

If you don't dispose of your Christmas tree properly, it may end up sitting in the landfill and after a while, these trees take up a lot of space. 

"We really want to keep everything out of the landfill as much as possible," Ashley Millerd, Executive Director of Keep Waco Beautiful said. "We're creeping up on the end, we only have 4 years left in the life span." 

Recycling is a way of life for Schaver, a habit she could never break. 

"Maybe I'm just kinda strange but I have always been doing this since I was very young, it's just a part of me," Schaver said. 

If you missed your chance to drop your tree off you can set your tree out with your regularly scheduled trash pick up Jan. 7 - Jan. 11 and Keep Waco Beautiful will pick up and recycle the trees for you. 

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