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What happens to your old Christmas tree?

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How your tree could be helping make Milwaukee more green

Now that the holidays are officially over its time for all of our favorite part of the year: post-holiday cleanup.

The lights are coming down, decorations are going back into storage and your Christmas tree probably has made (or is making its way) to the curb for pickup. But what happens then?

The City of Milwaukee does not mulch the Christmas trees that we put on the curbs... [they] just go into the landfill with the trash trucks.

“…Well, in the City of Milwaukee, the city does not mulch the Christmas trees that we put on the curbs. The ones that go out on the curbs just go into the landfill with the trash trucks,” says Brenda Lewison, a member of the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association.

Heartbreaking? Yeah, a little bit.

But luckily, that’s not our only option for these beloved Christmas traditions.

Happy little Christmas tree goes in to the mulcher for its new task - mulching the City of Milwaukee. Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Happy little Christmas tree goes in to the mulcher for its new task – mulching the City of Milwaukee.

This past weekend, a better alternative got some light at the City of Milwaukee’s “Mulchfest,” which went on at Washington Park, Enderis Park and General Mitchell Boulevard Park.

“People bring their real Christmas trees and the city and police put them in their mulch trucks, it gets turned into mulch and is used in city and county projects. It’s just really a great thing!”

[Mulching] is an opportunity to do something green and make sure that your Christmas tree is still doing something good.

Looking to teach your kids a good lesson in recycling? Its not too late to still get your tree mulched. Simply bringing it (with lights and ornaments removed, of course) to either of Milwaukee’s Drop Off Center Locations will result in your tree getting mulched and out of the landfill.

Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

“[Mulching your Christmas tree] is an opportunity to do something green, not to make a pun, and make sure that your Christmas tree is still doing something good after its no longer in our homes.”

Want to get that tree mulched? You can drop off your tree at either 6660 N Industrial Road or 3879 W. Lincoln Ave between 7 AM Р3 PM Tuesday РSaturday.

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More on locations, hours and other smart ways to recycle can be found here and at city.milwaukee.gov.