Dead Tree Guilt? Don't Curb It; Mulch It

Happy New Year, Houston. There are two-kinds of hangovers for which you may be at risk this week. There's the obvious, champagne-induced variety--and then there's the dreaded tinsel-and-lights hangover, or the time-to-undecorate flu. Although there've been times when I hewed strictly to the liturgical calendar, annoying my family and friends by leaving decorations up through Epiphany, this year it's out with the old and in with the new. Gotta get my tree out of here before the New Year's Eve guests arrive.

But a sad, nude tree littering my curbside is not the look I'm going for either, so I'm seeking out a greener remedy: City of Houston tree recycling, now underway at several locations around town. The city's Christmas tree was the first to be mulched yesterday, kicking off the program that will have locations around town. Find out where to assuage your dead-tree guilt here.

The city's new-ish sustainability coordinator Laura Spanjian (who was among the first locals to make it to the pages of the NYT as part of their new collaboration with the Texas Tribune), was on hand to document the tree mulching Twitter-style. Follow her @spanjian. For more on Houston sustainability stuff, including the well-reviewed Wednesday City Hall Farmer's Market, also follow @GreenHoustonTx.

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Jenny Staff Johnson