SOURCE: Global Alerts

December 21, 2006 09:18 ET

Oh Tanenbaum, Oh Tanenbaum, It's Time to Get Recycled

Free Online Resource Locates Local Christmas Tree Recycling Programs

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 -- After the twinkle lights have been unplugged and the ornaments have been safely packed away, consumers can log on to to locate local recycling programs that will help them give a renewable, recyclable resource back to the environment.

In partnership with the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), Earth 911, a Global Alerts web portal for environmental action and information, provides a free online resource where consumers can enter their ZIP Code to learn how they can recycle their Christmas tree.

Did you know that:

--  According to the NCTA, an estimated 93% of the 30-35 million Real
    Christmas Trees sold in North America every year are recycled through
    community programs, personal gardens or yards.
--  Recycled Christmas trees have a variety of uses, including:  chippings
    that are used for basic mulch or even hiking trails; beachfront erosion
    prevention; lake and river shoreline stabilization; fish habitats; and,
    river delta sedimentation management.
--  This year, over 60 million new seedlings were planted by Christmas
    tree farmers all over North America.
To learn more about recycling opportunities in your community, log onto or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

About Earth911

Founded in 1991, is the nation's premier one-stop environmental Web portal. Earth 911 consolidates community-specific environmental resources into a single, user-friendly information network. It is the mission of Earth 911 to empower the public with local resources needed to improve their quality of life. Through the use of patent-pending alerting technology from its parent company, Global Alerts, and ZIP Code-based applications, Earth 911 helps residents and businesses protect and improve the environment. Community-specific alerts, such as beach water quality alerts, inform citizens of urgent environmental news in their area. As a unique Public and Private Sector Partnership, the Earth 911 network is supported by the private sector so it can be provided at no cost to taxpayers and government. 1-800-CLEANUP is listed on billions of household product container labels guiding consumers to important recycling and disposal information. The network and Web site have been recognized throughout the industry with numerous awards, including the Al Gore Hammer Award and the National Information Infrastructure Award for Recycling.

About The National Christmas Tree Association

The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) strives to be one voice representing Christmas Tree Professionals and promoting the use of Real Christmas Trees. More than 5,100 professionals support NCTA programs through membership, participation (through their state association) in the Tree Industry Partnership (TIP) Campaign and/or individual investments in the RealTree Promotion & Marketing Campaign.

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