Goats in New Kent help locals get rid of their Christmas trees


NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Now that the holidays are over, area landfills are recycling trees by the truckload.

If you’re thinking of sending your Christmas tree to a landfill, some local goats want you to think again. 

Rick Stewart is the owner of Hurricane Hill Farm in New Kent County. Stewart and his family are offering a unique Christmas tree disposal service.

“You have the option of schlepping it to the landfill and letting it disintegrate however long that takes or we can pick it up for you at your curbside and they turn it into fertilizer and what they don’t eat, we can chip it up and make mulch with it,” Stewart told WRIC. 

Stewart travels across Central Virginia and the Tidewater area to pick up Christmas trees. He says he does it for his goats to have a yummy winter snack to chomp on. 

“We want to give your holiday tree a second life after the holiday,” Stewart said. “We had heard that Christmas trees could be very beneficial.” 

Filled with vitamins, minerals, and a natural form of worm prevention, the trees are great for the goat’s health. 

Stewart’s curbside recycling service started one year ago with 20 donated trees. 

“Right now we’re at 48 trees and we’re not even halfway through our list,” Stewart told 8News. 

Stewart says he will pick up your tree until Jan. 17. He is asking for a $10 donation to offset the cost of gas. Learn more about Goatworx by clicking here.

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