Everything you need to know about recycling your Christmas tree
January 6th is traditionally the date you take down your Christmas tree, but for those of you who don’t have a plastic one that gets stuffed back into the attic after the festivities have passed, you’ll need to dispose of your real Christmas tree responsibly. Here’s everything you need to know about recycling your Christmas tree this year to limit the impact to the environment.
Giving your Christmas tree new life
You don’t just have to throw your tree away and never use it again – there are lots of creative ways to give your Christmas tree new life. Here’s a few ideas for starters:
- Trim the branches off and chop the trunk into blocks to use as firewood for your garden burner in the summer
- Trim the leaves from the branches and cut the branches down to a few inches in length, sharpen the bottom of the trunk into a stake and use it as a homemade bird feeder for the garden by hanging bird-friendly snacks from the trimmed branches.
- The pine needle scent can be captured and enjoyed all year long – strip the branches of the pine needles and store in organza bags that you can hang in sheds and garages as natural air fresheners.
Getting rid of your Christmas tree
If you are planning to recycle your Christmas tree yourself, check the location and opening times of your nearest recycling centre equipped to deal with this waste. These centres can in most cases grind down the trees into compost instead of throwing these on a landfill site to decompose. If you intend to leave your tree out for collection by your local council, make sure you check the dates and conditions for collection. Often, these tree pick up dates will be different to normal bin collection days, and if your tree is larger than a certain height, you may be required to chop it down yourself to make it manageable for collection – always check with your council if you have any doubts.
Check the collection dates for your council pick up and make sure you have all the appropriate waste out on the right days. Remember it might be a week or two before normal collection dates resume after the holiday period.
We would like to wish all our blog readers a very happy new year, from the whole team at ReGen!