If you are planning to un-deck your halls this weekend, as is the tradition, then please consider the options for disposing of your rapidly disintegrating Christmas trees! Here is our WNWN Guide to responsibly recycling your Christmas tree!
The good news is that the vast majority of local councils provide you with the facility to recycle your tree very easily. We’ve checked out a long list of sample of district councils, and you should find on there one or all of the following:
- details of when your tree will be collected via your regular roadside collection
- confirmation that your local recycling facility will take your tree and recycle it
- details of extra Christmas tree recycling ‘drop off points’ in your area
Remember, this is for ‘real trees’ only and you MUST remove all decorations.
The council will compost your tree along with other garden waste and ultimately turned into a soil conditioner which can be bagged and sold.
Of course, if you bought one with roots, you could also plant in the garden and re-use it next year! We did – only a little one, which will take a few years to take the place of the big one, but it feels like a bonus to nurture it instead of chucking it away!
And whilst some people might think that the obvious thing to do is to burn their tree, they should consider that the environmental impact of doing this is questionable, so play safe and have it composted!
Most importantly, PLEASE DON’T JUST DUMP YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE! It will end up in landfill! For a tree to end up in landfill seems criminal to us, especially when you consider that as taxpayers we have to pay per tonne of landfill deposited via landfill tax, and that just doesn’t make sense!
Recycle your Tree for Charity
What better purpose for an unwanted Christmas tree than to raise money for charity. Just Helping who work with hospices, businesses, and volunteers to collect and recycle real Christmas trees and raise money for hospices and other local charities. You can check if there is a collection in your area or register an interest in providing one.
To find out more information about recycling in your area, check out your County Council and District Council website – follow the links in our table below!