After unwrapping presents and polishing off any leftovers, the Christmas holidays often leave us with more rubbish to get rid of than usual. It means our recycling bins are overflowing too, including plenty of decorations.
However, it’s also common for the wrong things to end up in them. This makes recyclers’ jobs both more complicated and costly.
Want to avoid making a mistake? Here’s our guide to to recycle Christmas decorations and doing the right thing.
Can you recycle Christmas trees?
Real Christmas trees are easily recycled and often turned into wood chippings. Some local authorities have special collections or organise drop-off points so it’s worth checking if yours does.
If not, take your old tree to your nearest household waste recycling centre. Of course, remember to remove tinsel and decorations – and any pots or stands – first.
Recycling artificial Christmas trees isn’t possible yet. However, if yours is still in good shape, don’t throw it away. Instead, offer it for sale or donate it to your local charity shop.
Read much more about the subject in our in-depth Christmas tree recycling post.