Pandemic cancels annual WV Christmas tree recycling event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual Christmas tree recycling event in West Virginia has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event uses hundreds of Christmas trees to be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes around the state. Trees have been collected each year at Charleston’s Capitol Market. Last year a second collection site was added in Bridgeport.

Residents looking for an alternative to disposing of their trees in landfills can consider composting and mulching, the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release.

The DEP hopes the tree collection program will return for the 2021 holidays.