SOURCE: Earth911, Inc.

December 22, 2010 06:01 ET

Earth911: Wrap Up the Holidays With Treecycling

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - December 22, 2010) - As fast as the holidays are approaching, they will be over just as quickly. When the wrapping paper settles, the last of cookies consumed and the bottle of champagne emptied, cleaning up the holidays will be the new priority. 

Part of holiday cleanup entails taking down the Christmas tree and recycling it. This year, Earth911 is making treecycling easier than ever with its largest effort yet by compiling the nation's most comprehensive Treecycling Directory.

By December 26, Earth911's expert team will have collected treecycling information for more than 85 percent of the U.S. population. Reaching out to every city with a population of more than 30,000, the team has already contacted 52 percent more cities over 2009 and increased the number of treecycling records by 30 percent. These records include locations and programs ranging from drop-off events at local parks to curbside yard waste pickup services that accept live Christmas trees during this time of year.

"We focus on finding resources that are helpful to everyone in the local community," said Corey Lambrecht, president of Earth911. "To do this, we go beyond only researching a city's curbside service, as often this is not available to multi-unit housing and businesses. We make the extra effort to find additional resources that are available to anyone in the local area, making our data the most comprehensive available."

This extensive outreach is supported by the Earth911 Treecycle Program and the dedicated growers who participated this season to support the communication of treecycling events around the country. The Earth911 Treecycle Program grew rapidly in prominence this year, as the nation's largest retailer mandated that all the live trees it sold must have the Earth911 Treecycle Tag.

Real Christmas trees can be recycled a number of ways, including chipping trees for use as mulch in community areas, erosion protection in fragile areas such as river deltas, underwater habitat creation and shoreline stabilization.

Treecycling programs are widely available, and Earth911 encourages all who purchase real Christmas trees to find out what resources are available in their local communities.

About Earth911
Earth911 distributes and analyzes localized recycling information to assist manufacturers, organizations and consumers with product end-of-use solutions. Working to increase the recycling and disposal of consumer goods since 1991, Earth911's services enhance and support companies' responsible waste initiatives. Through its innovative Recycling Directory, Earth911's network of more than 11,000 Local Experts, who contribute recycling information for hundreds of products, make the Directory the largest and most accurate in the nation, boasting more than 127,000 programs and locations that support over 740,000 recycling resources combined.

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