WILMINGTON -- According to the National Christmas Tree Association, more than 30 million Christmas trees are sold in North America Each Year. As for the trees that didn't make it into local homes this year, they may make it into local gardens. The New Hanover County Arboretum is just one local Christmas tree drop-off location. Arboretum Coordinator Marcia Doering said, "We'll be totally mulching them and we will use that mulch here in the arboretum as much as possible." Although it's only a few days afte Christmas, some people are ready to get rid of their tree when they see how dried up it's getting. When heavy ornaments begin to snap branches right off the tree, some say that's a sure sign the tree needs to go. Eric Leibelin of Wilmington dropped his tree off at the arboretum earlier than in years past. He said, "It dried out too fast this year so it was just a fire hazard and we have an 11 month-old baby boy and just don't like it in the house." Local treecyclers are pleased to do their part to stay green. Doering said, "Anything we can bring back to the environment that came from environment is always great. It's the cycle of replenishment which is what we need to do." These trees may end up bringing joy to people long after Christmas has passed.
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