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Where to recycle and how to repurpose your Christmas tree

(WBNG) — The holiday season is coming to a close and you might not know what to do with your Christmas tree.

“It’s important that we just don’t use them for the one time purpose of the Christmas tree,” said Emily Jablon, owner of Jablon Studios. “That we get to create, use them all year long, for all of their uses.”

Jablon says instead, you can give your Christmas tree new life.

“You can cut the branches off and you can use the branches as like a garden cover and the pine needles will decompose into your garden,” she said. “Creating really healthy and sufficient nutrients for your garden.”

Jablon says it doesn’t stop with the branches.

“You can take the middle of the tree once you’ve gotten rid of all the branches and you can cut those down and you can make coasters with them.”

She also tells 12 News how you can keep that crisp Christmas tree smell.

“You can take the pine needles themselves and create fragrance packages,” said Jablon. “So you can enjoy the pine scent all year long.”

You can also recycle your Christmas tree at the below locations for free:

Grippen Park in Endicott will accept trees from December 26 to January 7 during daylight hours.

NYSDEC Sub-office in Kirkwood will accept trees between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Broome County Landfill will accept trees at its residential drop-off area from December 26 to January 31. It’s open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

“Once that material is fully composted, we offer it free back to the county residents to take,” said Director of Solid Waste Management Debra Smith.

Smith says it’s important to reuse the trees.

“Anytime we can take a material, divert it from the land fill, and have a great reuse, such as the Christmas tree recycling program, it’s definitely a benefit for the community,” added Smith.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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