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Local Recycling Plants Encourage Recycling Christmas Trees

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Recycling wrapping paper and cardboard boxes post-Christmas is common knowledge. 
 
But, it is important to note you can also recycle your Christmas tree.
 
Jim Schrock, the owner of Spokane's 'Earthworks Recycling,' encourages people to recycle their Christmas trees.
 
"You think your tree takes up a 3 by 3 foot spot, times tens of thousands of trees," explains Schrock.  "That'd be like half the national forest that gets cut down and not recycled...that's a lot of waste if it doesn't get recycled."
 
Recycled Christmas trees are good for the environment.
 
"It gets chopped up, it gets made into soil amendments, animal bedding, maybe compost, ground cover," said Schrock.  "It gets incorporated back into the earth."
 
If you want to recycle your Christmas tree, make sure to take off all of the ornaments and tinsel.
 
Spokane offers numerous recycling venues.  All provide a better option than putting your leftover Christmas remnants in the trash.
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