Christmas Trees Recycled Into Mulch

Adam riding on the back of a pickup truck full of Christmas trees.

Our sustainable neighborhood group organized a Christmas Tree pickup on January 8th that brought 16 trees to Lakewood’s Greenhouse on behalf of neighbors.

It was a great way to make it easier for community members to recycle their trees and save individual car trips out to the greenhouse.

We had a lot of fun and plan on doing the pickup again next year.

Christmas tree being tossed into a pile at Lakewood's Greenhouse.

Benefits of Recycling Your Tree

Person holding mulch.

Landfills are so tightly packed that waste doesn’t have access to the oxygen it needs to break down organic material. That means when your tree finally does decompose, it will release methane, a greenhouse gas.

When you recycle your tree, it is turned into mulch that will be given back to Lakewood residents (including you if you want it!).

Mulch is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, prevent frost heaving in winter, and make the garden bed look more attractive. It also improves the soil’s structure, drainage, and nutrient-holding capacity as they decompose.

Panoramic view of the tree and mulch pile.