QUICK TIPS FOR RECYCLING YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Whether you have a fake or a real Christmas tree – we understand how important it is for it to look perfect in your home. But, when the festive period winds down and the new year creeps upon us, it is just as important to make sure that your tree is discarded in an eco-friendly way.
A tree that ends up in landfill releases 16kg of CO2 if it ends up in a landfill. With 7 million trees being ditched in landfills every year, that adds up to 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere.
This is why we have put together this useful guide full of easy tips for recycling your Christmas tree.
Does your Christmas tree have roots?
If your Christmas tree came in a pot with roots attached, planting it in your back garden is a great way to get ahead for next year. Not only does it save you a few pennies, it also means you can watch your tree prosper and get even bigger throughout the year.
If you don’t have a garden, there are still endless possibilities to ensure that your tree ends up in landfill. Local authorities will take your tree and use it for chippings – all you have to do is put your postcode into Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator tool. Make sure you take off all your decorations first!
Or, perhaps you may see this as an opportunity for creativity – the wood can be transformed into coasters that you can give to friends and family and gifts. In the garden, you can create a wildlife shelter (an ideal activity for young children) or use it as a frame to train climbers.
For next year, if you live in an apartment or just don’t have the green space, you may want to try out some of the great Christmas tree rental schemes all over the UK. The tree will arrive in a pot – all you need to do is water it during the time it is in your house, then it gets sent back and you could even end up with the same tree next year.
Is your tree artificial?
Artificial trees are slightly more difficult to recycle as they are made from a combination of materials, but they are still easy to reuse! When you first buy your artificial Christmas tree make sure that it is one that you plan to bring down from the loft year after year.
However, when you think it is time to say goodbye, you can take your Christmas tree to a local charity shop or you can try to sell it as second-hand. Artificial trees can be given a second lease of life even if you no longer need it.