Have you ever wondered what happens to the Christmas trees that don’t get sold?

Club 4 Boys Logo BlueRAPID CITY, S.D. – Every year, the Club for Boys has their Christmas tree sale, but they usually don’t sell all of them. This year, they started with 1,600 and were left with about 200 that didn’t have a home for the holidays. In Rapid city, you can bring your tree to the Fitzgerald Stadium of the landfill to be recycled, but make sure to remove all of the decorations first.

Boy Scout Troop 44 is even picking up trees from houses to recycle them. All of the slots are full for this year, but it’s something you might want to keep in mind for next year if you don’t feel like recycling your tree yourself.

So, what happens to the trees after they’re recycled?

What happens to the trees, depends on what species they are and whether or not they are native to the Black Hills.

“Some of the native trees from the Black Hills are sunken in dams and fed to goats locally, so that they’re used that way. A lot of the tree farm trees just go into the landfill and they get mulched up and they become mulch for the spring,” explained Mark Kline, the Assistant Executive Director for the Club for Boys.

The trees that get sunk in dams act as new habitats for aquatic life. Mulching the trees is mainly for gardening and other landscaping uses and it provides additional nutrients to the soil.

Mulch can be purchased from the landfill from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, for $20/ton.

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