I love a real pine Christmas tree for the holidays. You just can't beat the smell of fresh pine. However, I've always felt bad about having a real tree though. Even though for the last couple of years, I've had a real Christmas tree, I've never felt happy about it. I've always felt guilty about a tree that is cut down just to be in my house for the holidays. On Friday, I was standing at the bus stop in the morning waiting for my bus into Manhattan and I saw a garbage truck come by and picked up the discarded pine trees on the side of the road. I couldn't help but feel super sad about it. It's kinda sad that the tree was cut to live in someone's house for a few weeks, and then left on the side of the road for a garbage truck to pick up.
mulchfest, where you can drop off your Christmas trees to designated areas to have them mulched. The mulch is then used throughout the city parks, or you can also go there with a bag and collect free mulch for your garden. Also during the weeks from January 3 - 14th, the trees that are left on the curbside are also mulched. This tree is probably on it's way to get mulched somewhere. I'm glad that the trees get re-purposed for mulch rather than going to a landfill. You go NYC!