How to recycle your Christmas tree

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Many local councils plus the retailer B&Q are issuing guidelines on how best to recycle your Christmas tree whether it be a real one or artificial.


Certain councils including Cherwell, will collect real Christmas trees for recycling. They acknowledge that based on manufacturing, growing, transportation and disposal, real trees have a much smaller impact on the environment. Particularly if you buy a potted one that can be planted in the garden once its no longer needed inside. However if artificial trees are reused over a number of years this can also reduced their long-term impact on the environment.


B&Q have encouraged customers to maximise the potential of their artificial trees for recycling. They say that the majority of their artificial trees are recyclable so customers interested in recycling theirs can:

  1. Call ahead to your local recycling centre to see whether artificial trees are accepted.
  2. Remove all lighting and decorations as they interfere with the recycling process. If it is a pre-lit Christmas tree it will be classed as WEEE waste.
  3. Disassemble your artificial tree, ensuring that the plastic and metal components are separated before transporting it to a recycling point.


Other councils have issued more creative ways of recycling your real tree including creating coasters out of the tree trunk, replanting them or using the needles for mulch and compost.


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