TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Christmas tree stand in Marana is taking a unique approach when it comes to recycling its unused trees.
All while giving some local animals a special holiday feast of their own.
After Christmas, millions of trees, whether they make it in to a home for the big holiday or not, end up as mulch, or in landfills.
But at Valley View Christmas Trees, all of their unloved trees are donated to local animal sanctuaries and petting zoos, where goats and pigs welcome them as a tasty snack.
“The pine is actually a dewormer for the pigs and goats,” says Ashlee Walling, manager of Valley View Christmas Trees. “Thats why we decided to start donating five years ago. You can actually recycle these trees, give back to the environment, give back to animals, so that’s a plus to getting a real Christmas tree.”
This afternoon Funny Foot Farm and Petting Zoo on Wetmore Road got a batch of trees for their goats to eat.
“It’s totally a great thing to think of,” says Ken MacNeil, owner of Funny Foot Farm. “It would be horrible to just throw them away, and being able to give them to some animals to eat is fantastic, and actually takes away from some of our food bill. Every pumpkin season, every Christmas season this happens, we have people calling asking if we need pumpkins or trees to feed the animals. We love it.”
Walling says it is a party of holiday tradition.
“It helps us be more involved in our community, it brings a togetherness i think is getting lost in today’s day.”