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What to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays

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Once the Christmas excitement is over, it’s time to dispose of the Christmas tree. Unless you have an artificial tree you can simply reuse the next year, you will need to recycle your tree. Christmas trees cannot be put in the general bin. Here are a few options of what you could do with your tree:

Check your local authority’s tree collection

Many cities and local authorities will organise a kerbside pick-up in the weeks following Christmas, so check on their website when the collections take place in your areas and where you should put your tree to be collected.

Take your tree to a recycling centre

Check with your local recycling centre if you can drop your Christmas tree off. Chances are they will accept trees in the following weeks after Christmas so these can be adequately recycled. RecycleNow has a very handy tool that allows you to locate where to recycle specific items.

Donate to charities to collect your tree

Some charities and non-profit organisations organise collections for a small donation as a way of raising funds for their cause. Contact your local charity or search for charity Christmas tree collections to see which organisations offer this in your area. This is a great way to save you some trouble and helping a good cause at the same time!

Local garden waste pickup

If the local authority in your area organises a regular collection of garden waste, check with them if they accept Christmas tree as part of their regular waste collection. If they do, avoid putting the tree whole and loosely cut the tree so it fits it your garden waste container.

Recycle your Christmas tree yourself

If you have the means of recycling your tree yourself, is advised to avoid letting the whole tree decompose. Smaller branches are suitable for composting. Chipping the tree is a popular way of recycling. The mulch created can be used in your garden in a variety of ways and is excellent for using around trees or shrubs. If possible, you could choose a tree with roots that you can keep in a pot. You can then plant it back in your garden or another suitable location!

Remember that before recycling your tree and whatever option you choose, you should remove all decorations and artificial elements from your tree, including the stand if you’re using one. These are options for natural trees only and do not apply to artificial trees. Artificial trees are currently not recyclable.

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