Burlington city Christmas tree recycled
January 31, 2012 by Sarah
The Burlington Christmas tree, a 45-foot blue spruce, has been recycled and will be used in the building of a Habitat for Humanity duplex in Winooski. Hinesburg’s Clifford Lumber was asked to cut the tree up and provide Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity with boards which will be used to trim the windows in the new house. In addition, the branches were ground up and the mulch will be used in local gardens or as fuel for the McNeil Generation Station.
The tree has made a full circle, it was donated to the Church St. Marketplace in Winooski who donated it to the city and now it has been recycled back into the community. It is hoped that most municipalities recycled their public and private Christmas trees in such a positive way.
Most individuals and companies are starting to realize that recycling not only saves the environment, but it also saves money in the long run. For example, printing companies in Hinesburg and elsewhere are more often than not buying recycled paper stock and they are recycling what paper they use too. They are also using inks made of vegetable oils and are developing ways to safely dispose of any chemical they use that can be harmful to the environment.
Habitat for Humanity will make good use of the donated lumber and most likely will receive a donation of future Christmas tree recycled products; the organization has plans to build 10 homes in the area in the next three years, so it will be very much appreciated.