BRADLEY BEACH - A new year tradition is continuing at the Jersey Shore as public works crews in Bradley Beach gather old Christmas trees.

The trees are used to build the sand dune system back up. The Bradley Beach sand dunes were successful in holding back the surge from Superstorm Sandy.

“We were the only town to open up two weeks after.  So, it definitely saved our town, and we're ready for the next storm,” says Richie Bianchi, of the Bradley Beach Department of Public Works.

About 25,000 Christmas trees have been collected since Superstorm Sandy. The town will probably collect more than 5,000 this year.

Trees come from as far away as Holmdel and Jersey City.