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Ways to Dispose of Unwanted Christmas Decorations
Once again the festive season has come to an end and a new year has started. When all the celebrations are over it’s time to pack up the decorations and put them away for another year.
However, if you need to dispose of your Christmas tree then it’s well worth considering the recycling options available to you. These options will vary depending on the type of tree you have and also its condition.
Recycling of Real Trees
Many people prefer to have a real Christmas tree. There is something about the size and shape of a real tree as well as the smell which helps to add to the festive ambiance of your home.
Once Christmas is over and the pine needles have started to drop, you are faced with the job of disposing of it. However, dumping the tree in a ditch or field is illegal but there are several recycling options available to you.
Firstly, check if your local council collect Christmas trees for recycling. You can do this by either contacting your council directly or searching on Recycle Now which will tell you if there are any local recycling centres where you can take your trees.
Alternatively you could place your tree in your compost recycling bin ready for collection by your bin men.
Recycling of Artificial Christmas Trees
Artificial Christmas trees are a popular alternative to real trees as they are reusable and often come in built with fibre optic lighting to save on the need for extra decorations. However, when a time comes when you want to change the tree for whatever reason then they aren’t as readily recyclable.
Rather than simply throwing the tree away you could, depending on the condition of the tree, consider donating it to a friend or good cause such as a charity, nursing home or local school.
Alternatively you may choose to sell the tree at a car boot or on ebay. Choosing this option would also help to contribute to the cost of a new tree.
Recycling Unwanted Christmas Decorations
When it comes to recycling Christmas decorations it depends on the material which will determine whether or not it can be recycled, reused or is destined for the bin.
Christmas lights can be taken to your local recycling centre, while wreaths made from natural materials such as ivy and holly can be composted. The more plastic decorative parts can either be reused to make table decorations or placed in your plastics bin for recycling.
Baubles and Tinsel unfortunately are not likely to be made of recyclable materials so would need to be thrown away. Before you do it is worth checking to see if they are made of the right sort of glass or plastic that can be recycled.