Above: How to remove a Christmas tree without making a mess.
Christmas is over and that live evergreen is drying out and dropping needles. It is that time of year to dispose of the holiday tree before it becomes an ignitable hazard.
Yet, the useful life of the live tree does not have to end when the ornaments come down. Across the Shore, organizations and park groups are looking for used Christmas trees for a variety of purposes.
With tens of millions of Christmas trees sold in the United States each year, environmentalists and elected officials want to keep the trees from filling up landfills.
In Ocean County, parks employees are seeking to recycle holiday trees into woodchips and various landscaping projects.
“Recycling trees is an easy way for residents to get rid of their tree after the holiday,” Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said in a news release last…