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A tree's life: Christmas star, kicked to the curb, then compost

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So what happens to a Christmas tree after it is kicked to the curb?

Let's face it – picking out a Christmas tree is a holiday ritual, with delighted faces picking just the right one and then stuffing it with glitter and ornaments.

But once the holiday is over, well, the trees are dragged to the curb.

And then what?

Turns out, many Christmas trees have a second life, and you may be seeing them in the mulch at your office or apartment complex.

Take Durham, for example. Acting disposal manager Bruce Woody said the city hauls the trees to its facility at 2115 East Club Boulevard. There, the trees are ground up and the chips are hauled away.

In Durham, the chips go to a company called Novozymes, a Denmark-based biotech company with thousands of employees around the globe. Paige Donnelly, the North American communications manager for Novozymes,

"A majority of the trees go to a compost," said Paige Donnelly, the North American communications manager for Novozymes.

Sometimes, trees are left to compost as trees after they are treated. After about four to six weeks of fermenting, the trees become wanted again – and this time as compost.

At that point, Novozymes sells the compost to big businesses, who use the compost for landscaping at places like commercial real estate or golf courses.

So when you're walking into work, be  kind to the mulch – it may just have the remnants of someone's Christmas tree.

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