After the holidays and the eggnog, don't toss away the live evergreen tree. Many municipalities offer Christmas tree recycling programs in which post-holiday evergreens can be converted into fragrant mulch, according to a report in the Miami Herald.
Throughout the U.S., various organizations have tree recycling programs at different municipal trash and recycling centers. Some public parks also provide a chipping service for undecorated trees. And some programs last through mid-January. Earth911.org has an online search for tree recycling centers in your area.
Here are links to articles with details about recycling Christmas trees:
Sharon Harvey Rosenberg is the author of The Frugal Duchess of South Beach: How to Live Well and Save Money... Anywhere!, which will be published in May of 2008 by DPL Press.