(NEXSTAR) – Like so many stale fruitcakes in the last week of December, America’s Christmas trees often find themselves thrown away with the trash in the days following the holiday.
Unlike a stale fruitcake, discarded Christmas trees can still serve several valuable purposes after reaching their natural expiration dates.
Tim O’Connor, the executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association, said Christmas trees can easily be recycled, repurposed, or donated, and he considers each option much better than simply trashing the tree.
“There’s no reason to fill up the landfill with Christmas trees,” O’Connor told Nexstar. “If it ends up in a landfill, it’s taking up that space unnecessarily because it is biodegradable and decomposable.”
Springfield area residents can drop off their trees with the Boy Scouts of America, where they will be converted to fish habitats here in the Ozarks.
“We take these trees that could end up in a landfill, and we recycle them and put them in Table Rock Lake. We put them in there for fish habitats,” said Lodge 42 Chief Jack Ford.
The local lodge of the National Honor Society of Boy Scouts of America has been collecting trees for years at the Springfield Bass Pro Shops branch, always with conservation in mind.
“These trees specifically, we’re giving a few to anyone that would be needing to make their own fish habitat. Like near a dock so they can fish or something like that, but the ones that we currently have, yes, they will be dumped in Table Rock Lake,” said Ford.
They are located in the empty parking lot across from Bass Pro Shops on Campbell from December 26-31 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Any donations help fund the local lodge and the Boy Scouts of America.