Updated 01/07/2013 06:08 PM
Christmas trees chipped and recycled in unique ways
Little Christmas has passed, which officially ends the holiday season. Folks have started getting rid of their real Christmas trees. As YNN's Elaina Athans show us, what you don't want, others are more than willing to take.
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TOWN OF WALLKILL, N.Y. -- It's that time of year, technically, to get out of the holiday spirit. Christmas trees are coming down and there are people ready to scoop up your symbol of the season and recycle it.
"Goats will eat anything," said farmer Noah Kruger.
The Krugers, a farming family, are feeding Christmas trees to their goats. They're taking trees from the side of the road, chipping them down, and essentially making a snack. The family says it provides a good amount of nutrients, at least for some of the livestock.
"You got to be careful with the sheep however, because some things that the goats can eat, the sheep can’t," said Kruger.
Another more traditional option is to have local municipalities pick up what you don't want. Public Works and Highway Departments, like the one in the Town of Wallkill, have already started making curbside collections.
"We got a couple loads this morning that were called in over the weekend," said Town of Wallkill Public Works Commissioner John Lippert.
A crew spent the day after Little Christmas chipping trees, some that arrived still adorned with tinsel or laced with lights. The pile will be offered as mulch for gardening and will eventually be sent to a biomass plant.
"As opposed to them using a fossil fuel, they're using that to heat their facility," said Lippert.
Public Works will take unwanted trees yearlong and has even done a pickup in July. Just the same, the Kruger family will take them whenever - as a Christmas tree has become a gift that keeps on feeding.