Recycle Your Christmas Tree to Help Rebuild the Jersey Shore

This is brilliant: someone is using old Christmas trees to shore up the Shore and help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Here's how you can get in on it.

If you’ve yet to part ways with your Christmas tree (mine got the ol’ heave-ho last weekend), here’s a way to put it to really good use. Shady Brook Farms in Bucks County is collecting discarded trees to help rebuild sand dunes in Island Beach State Park, just south of Seaside Heights. As the Newtown Patch reports, the trees will be placed along the dunes end-to-end to create sand-dune fencing. It’s a pilot program they’re testing out this year; if the fencing works, the program may be expanded in the future.

Shady Brook Farm (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley) is the local drop-off point; workers there will accept your discarded trees during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 to 5. But if you’re in South Jersey, you can take the trees to nearby Cattus Island County Park (1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River) on January 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.