The post-Christmas clear out: an inevitable trip to the charity shop and endless boxes, paper and cards to recycle. But whilst you are making, or breaking, those New Year’s resolutions don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree too. Recycled Christmas trees are usually shredded into chippings that are used locally in parks or woodland areas so are a great means to help your local environment.
- What to do: Remove all the decorations and tinsel from the tree, remove it from its pot or stand, then take it to your local collection point, usually on the boundary of your property or a designated community point.
- How to recycle: You may receive a leaflet from your council, find information on your bin or see an advert in your local paper detailing when the ‘special collection’ will take place. If you don’t come across any of these, contact your council and ask if they are collecting them in your area. Christmas trees can also be recycled at district recycling centers.
- Additional recycling: Items such as broken Christmas tree lights, as well those more obvious items such as cards, cardboard and plastic can be taken for recycling too.