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Nonprofit ecomaine is helping Mainers compost Christmas trees

Casey Grogan walks through some recently cut noble fir Christmas trees at his farm near Silverton, Ore. This year he plans to harvest 60,000 trees off his property.
Casey Grogan walks through some recently cut noble fir Christmas trees at his farm near Silverton, Ore. This year he plans to harvest 60,000 trees off his property.

Ecomaine, the non-profit waste handler, has a disposal locator online that shows where Christmas trees can be dropped off for reuse after the holidays. Ecomaine spokesman Matt Grondin says you could give that tree an extra life.

"Christmas trees can obviously provide nutrients back to the soil, they can be composted or chipped up and mulched," Grondin says.

And there is one other option. You can bring your used Christmas Tree to Old Orchard Beach on New Year's Eve. The town plans to revive its tradition of having a big bonfire on the beach as darkness falls on the last day of the year. Old Orchard's so-called "last blast" had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic.