Instead of dragging your Christmas tree to the curb, here’s a way to dispose of it while helping the environment.
Take it to the beach and help fight beach erosion. Smith Point Beach in Shirley again this year has started accepting Christmas tree drop-offs.
They are accepting trees every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Each recycled tree aids in the department’s efforts to preserve the dunes through the winter.
The discarded trees are stacked along the snow fence line so that they catch wind-blown sand and help build up barrier dunes on the beach. Nutrients from the trees help feed the beach grass.
Upon arrival, the Suffolk County Parks Department asks donors to check-in at the office and they will direct people to the tree drop-off spot.
All tree lights and decorations must be removed before drop-off.
Call (631)-852-1314 with any questions ahead of time.
Top: Christmas trees being recycled. Photo courtesy of the Suffolk County Parks Department Facebook page.