Giving your Christmas tree a new life

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RAPID CITY, S.D (KOTA-TV) As you're taking down your tree, if you find your lights are no longer shining as bright as you'd like, you can recycle both tree and lights.

Beth-Anne Ferley, the Sustainability Coordinator for Rapid City, suggests sending your tree to be composted by putting it in a yard waste bin.

Another option is to break it down yourself and put it with your compost pit.

"The Christmas trees are awesome to have into the compost because we have the pine needles. The pine needles are very good for your garden; so we make the compost and then you'll come in the spring or the fall and get the compost and put it in your gardens," said Ferley.

Ferley also suggests throwing your Christmas lights in the recycling bin instead of the trash.

You can find the yard waste drop off locations at West Boulevard North, Fitzgerald stadium parking lot or at the landfill.