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Christmas tree
In this article we will look at ways you can dispose of your tree after Christmas.

After Christmas and the celebration of the new year, now is the time for polishing of the last of the quality streets, catching that film you promised yourself you would watch and perhaps, for the more bold of you, planning how to return the unwanted jumper you received.

It's also a time to start thinking about taking down the tinsel and deciding what to do with the Christmas tree. It is often about now that the more horticulturally minded of you may also begin to debate:

“What should I do with my tree now that Christmas is over?”

Here we look at some environmentally friendly options.

Plant it. For those who have Christmas trees with roots they can be taken out into the garden and planted back up or remain in their pot to be reused next year.

Local council pick up. For those looking to get rid of real Christmas trees then check if your local council will come around and take it away to be shredded and used on paths or compostable material.

Recycle it. You can also take it to your local recycling centre to be shredded and recycled there.

Donate it. There are some charities that take old Christmas trees and take them around the country to be used as flood barriers.

The thing you will want to avoid though is having your tree go to landfill which is costly both for the environment and the taxpayer, with the government estimating the cost of landfilling eight million trees coming to £22 million.

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