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Many groups participate in Christmas tree recycling programs

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CAPE MAY COUNTY -

The Christmas season is over, and many are trying to figure out what to do with left over decorations, like the Christmas tree.

As the New Year rings in, homes all over are beginning to take down the lights and box up the decorations.

But one of the things that can't be saved and used again next year is the Christmas tree, But there are people out there who will make sure it can be used again.

"What we decided to do was bring them in for free. We don't charge for towns bringing in Christmas trees. We grind them up and turn them into mulch," said Executive Director of the Cape May County M.U.A., Charles Norkis.

Workers at the Cape May County Landfill have been collecting used Christmas trees off of curbside's for 25 years.

The mulch project is just one option when it comes to recycling pine trees.

According to Cape May County Officials many shore towns use to collect Christmas trees to replace damaged dunes.

However this year only one municipality has said they are doing so.

Along the same lines, the Cape May County Zoo is collecting trees, but is taking a slightly different approach.

"We use them for a lot of reasons, one of them is wind breakers like in the wallabies, we will put their hay piles in the middle and surround them by Christmas trees," said animal keeper, Kim Simpkins.

The zoo will be collecting left over trees all winter long, and the mulch will be free to residents starting in February.

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