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December 26, 2009

Facts About Christmas Trees & Treecycling

Treecycling is the act of recycling your Christmas trees so that they can be turned into compost or mulch. These trees contain valuable nutrients that can be used in other capacities.

Before we learn more about the benefits of treecycling, here are some fun facts about Christmas trees:
• There are approximately 30-35 million real Christmas trees sold in North America every year.
• Approximately 175,000 real Christmas trees are sold via e-commerce or catalog and shipped mail-order.
• North-American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty-five percent of artificial trees are manufactured in China.
• Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics.
• For every real Christmas tree harvested, up to three seedlings are planted in its place the following spring.
• There are about 500,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
• There are about 21,000 Christmas Tree growers in North America, and over 100,000 people employed full or part-time in the industry.
• It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (six feet), but the average growing time is seven years.
• The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
• The top selling Christmas trees are: balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine, and white pine.

Christmas trees are recycled for five main types of large-scale uses for post-harvest trees. These are:
1. Chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails)
2. Beachfront erosion prevention
3. Lake and river shoreline stabilization
4. Fish habitat
5. River delta sedimentation management

Today around 98 percent of real Christmas trees are grown on farms throughout all 50 states and Canada. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource, and real trees are planted to be harvested just as corn and/or pumpkins are cultivated for a harvest.

For each real Christmas tree harvested, up to three new seedlings are planted in its place, depending on farm size and current field rotation. Young trees in their rapid growth years have a high rate of photosynthesis and thus produce more oxygen than older trees.

This year, over 60 million new seedlings were planted by Christmas tree farmers all over North America.

To learn where you can recycle your Christmas tree, and other goods, log onto Earth911.com.

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