Trash district says real trees better than fake

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — ‘Tis the season for a Vermont solid waste district to be touting the benefits of natural Christmas trees over the artificial type.

The Chittenden Solid Waste District says the average artificial tree lasts 6 to 9 years but will remain in a landfill for centuries.

The district has a Yule Fuel program that takes discarded natural trees and uses them as fuel for electricity and heat.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide, and every acre of Christmas trees produces enough daily oxygen for 18 people. There are about 500,000 acres of Christmas trees growing in the United States.

And because of their hardiness trees are usually planted where few other plants can grow, increasing soil stability and providing a refuge for wildlife.

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