The festivities are over for another year and it’s time to start thinking about taking down the decorations.
Packing away tinsel is simple enough, but dealing with the Christmas tree can be more tricky.
If you’ve got a real tree, it’s important to recycle it properly.
For a two-meter tall real Christmas tree with no roots, the carbon footprint is around 16kg CO2 if it ends up in landfill.
This is because the tree decomposes and produces methane gas, which is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
But whether you have a real or artificial tree, there are plenty of ways you can discard it properly while still being kind to the planet.
Recycling Christmas trees with roots intact…
If your Christmas tree came in a pot from the supplier, replant it in a larger pot with fresh compost and leave it in your garden to enjoy all year round.
Not only is this great for the environment, but next Christmas, your tree will be ready to bring inside and decorate all over again.
Recycling Christmas trees with roots removed…
Felled trees are unlikely to survive if you try to plant them, but they are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings which are then used in parks or woodland areas.
A few councils across the north and north-east offer a free Christmas tree collection service. The others will recycle it if it’s dropped off at the right place.
Check what you’re local authority is doing below.
For households with wheeled bins, the council will collect real Christmas trees on usual brown bin collection days between January 9 and 20. Just put your tree next to your bin.
You don’t need a garden waste permit to have your tree picked up.
For households with communal bins, leave your tree next to the communal bin, ensuring the bin is still accessible to others and council staff.
You can also take old trees to household waste and recycling centres.
Christmas trees can be disposed of in the green waste bins at any household recycling centre in Aberdeenshire. Residents will still need to make a booking prior to visiting one of the sites.
Argyll and Bute
Trees are to be taken to a recycling centre for composting.
Real Christmas trees should be taken to the nearest household waste recycling centre where they will be recycled into compost.
Click here for a full list of centres and opening hours.
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Household waste centres across the Western Isles will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling in January.
Residents can drop off their real trees at a recycling centre.
Click here for a list of locations, opening hours and waste accepted.
Real Christmas trees should be taken to a household waste recycling centre.
What do to with an artificial tree
Real Christmas trees are the most environmentally-friendly option, as opposed to artificial trees.
This is because fake trees are made from a combination of plastic materials which make them virtually impossible to recycle.
But if you decide that you no longer want your artificial tree, consider donating it to a charity shop instead of throwing it in the tip.
Unwanted trees in good condition will be accepted by local charity stores and means the tree doesn’t end up in landfill.