If your New Year's resolution is to be a little kinder to our planet, you can start with that Christmas tree: Recycle it.
Instead of tossing the tree to the curb — where it will get mixed up with the other garbage and shoveled into the county's waste incinerator — you can return your tree to the earth.
Pasco County is accepting Christmas trees through Monday for chipping into mulch at county parks and other facilities. Participation has grown so much in the past two years that the county has added two business drop-off sites to the mix.
Last year more than 800 trees were collected at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, creating enough mulch to cover the paths from the front gate back to the cabins, county recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney said. "To quote one of the park guys, 'It smelled great for two months,' " Seney said.
And the trees were back where they belonged.
Where to recycle your Christmas tree
Be sure to take off the tinsel, metal hooks and all decorations from your tree, then haul it to any of these locations:
• Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
• Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey
• Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 U.S. 41, Land O'Lakes
• Sam W. Pasco Recreational Complex, 9835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
• PAW Materials, 14211 State Road 54, Odessa
• John S. Burks Memorial Park, 1322 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City
• Shady Hills Park, 15840 Green Glen Lane
• Hayes Road Sand Co., 13838 Hays Road, Shady Hills
• Anclote Gulf Park, 2305 Baillie's Bluff Road, Holiday
• West Pasco Class III site, 14230 Hays Road, Shady Hills