Recycling Christmas trees back into nature

By Kelly McCarthy

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Traces of Christmas can still be seen throughout the area, but it will soon be time to take down the decorations and trees. Broome County residents can drop off their Christmas trees for free at several locations.

There are three locations in Broome County where people can drop it off for free. Drop off locations are open between Dec. 26 - Jan. 6.

Drop Off Locations in Broome County:

Grippen Park in Endicott is a drop off location for residents only.

The New York State Department of Conservation sub-office in Kirkwood is accepting trees between 8am and 4pm at 1679 Route 11.

The Broome County Landfill in Binghamton is open Mon. - Fri., 7 am-2:45 pm and Sat. 7 am - 11:45 am.

Trees will be chipped and used for compost and along hiking trails in the parks. For families who want to use one of the free drop off locations, don't forget to make sure all ornaments and tinsel are off the trees.

Christmas tree farms are also left with the task of getting rid of any trees that didn't sell. Molyneaux's Tree Farm in Endicott has about 20 pre-cut trees still left on the lot.

"After the season is over," said owner Staci Molyneaux, "We'll take them down and put them out into a field by our corn field for wildlife. The rabbits like them, the birds like them, it keeps them safe from the hawks and predators."

The family owners also try to reuse the trees along their 500 acres of land.

"On a farm you're always recycling and using for a multi-purpose," Molyneaux said, "We also can chip some of them for our blueberry patch, we'll take some of the trees and we'll chip them and I'm sure other farms will do that also."

The Molyneaux's say they try to get rid of as many trees as possible before Christmas Day. The weekend before Christmas they donate about 10 trees to a local church each year.