4 things to do with your Christmas Tree!

- Fri 22 Dec 2023

As we come to the end of the festive season, it’s also time to think about the aftermath – specifically, what to do with our Christmas tree once the celebrations are over. Below are four eco-friendly ways to dispose of your Christmas tree, ensuring a greener start to the New Year!

1. Local Council Recycling Programs

Many local councils offer Christmas tree recycling services, which are both convenient and eco-friendly. These programs typically involve collecting trees during specific dates in January. The trees are then shredded into chippings which are used locally in parks or woodland areas. This method not only recycles the tree but also contributes to the local ecosystem. Check on the link below your local council’s website for specific details and dates, as these can vary from area to area.

2. Composting

If you have a garden, composting your Christmas tree is an excellent way to give back to the earth. Before composting, remove all decorations, tinsel, and lights. You can then chop the tree into smaller pieces, which will decompose more quickly. The resulting compost can be used to enrich the soil in your garden, providing a natural and nutrient-rich environment for your plants. This method turns your festive symbol into a year-round contributor to your garden's health.

3. Repurposing for Garden Use

Beyond composting, there are creative ways to repurpose your tree in the garden. The branches can be used as a natural mulch to protect plants from winter frost. Alternatively, you can create a wildlife sanctuary by placing the tree in your garden to provide shelter and food for birds and small animals. Hang bird feeders from the branches or decorate it with strings of peanuts and berries to create a mini haven for wildlife.

4. Partner with Local Environmental Groups

Finally, consider partnering with local environmental groups or charities that offer Christmas tree recycling services. These organisations often use recycled trees for various eco-projects, such as creating barriers against beach erosion or for riverbank stabilisation. Participating in such initiatives not only disposes of your tree responsibly but also contributes to larger environmental conservation efforts.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Sustainable New Year!

Check out your local recycling services.