Washington Post: Christmas trees recycled not just as mulch but as dunes, wildlife habitats, even homes


In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, a public works employee dumps a truckload of discarded Christmas trees on the beach as part of a project to rebuild dunes damaged by Superstorm Sandy, in Bradley Beach, N.J.
Photo Credit: Wayne Parry/Associated Press


A number of beaches at the New Jersey shore were built up using Christmas trees after last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Beaches at the Rockaways, in New York City, which were also devastated by Sandy, benefited from a Christmas tree project as well. The Rockaways effort was sponsored by a California wine company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, an E. & J. Gallo Winery brand. Barefoot Wine has been working with the Surfrider Foundation, which promotes ocean protection, on beach cleanups and restorations for seven years. But the Rockaways program was Barefoot’s first using recycled trees.

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