Many places do something similar, but Cherokee County, GA, seems to do it especially well, and has been for about 20 years: recycling Christmas trees into mulch to help with erosion control and landscaping.
For those who display a Christmas tree and opt for a cut tree rather than a live or artificial one, disposing of it after the holiday can be a hassle. The county has drop-off points for residents to leave trees at a couple of local parks. The mulch made from the trees is used within the parks and in local playgrounds, and the county also makes extra mulch available to residents for free to use in their own gardens.
The Cherokee County program, organized in part by the county’s stormwater coordinator, saves the county money that it would otherwise spend on mulch and also keeps the trees from ending up in landfills. A similar statewide program called “Bring One for the Chipper” also collects trees in several cities around Georgia.
Last year, programs in Georgia collected more than 164,000 trees, most of which were turned into mulch—although a couple thousand were sunk in local lakes to provide fish habitat. Over the last two decades the programs have collected and recycled 5.9 million trees.