Six top tips to recycle your Christmas tree

27 December 2017

Around six million Christmas trees are sold in Britain every year – but what do you do when Christmas is over, the decorations have been put away, and you’re left with a bare tree and pine needles all over the floor?

We’ve come up with six top tips of how to recycle your old Christmas tree.

1. Recycle your tree – local councils will often arrange Christmas tree drop up points, and some will even collect old Christmas trees to be recycled. Get in touch with your local council to see what they can do.

2. Make it into fish food! – if you have a lake or pond on your property, why not dump your tree in it? It might sound lazy, but as it decomposes it will provide a habitat for fish and will attract algae for them to eat.

3. Chop up your tree to use as fire wood.

4. Create a bird sanctuary – put your Christmas tree outside, and hang bird feeders on it.

5. Use the needles as mulch – scatter the pine needles in your garden to use as mulch.

6. Make pine needle potpourri – fill a bowl with dried stems from your pine tree, or fallen needles. Add a cinnamon stick, some cloves, nutmeg and some lemon and orange rind to keep enjoying that festive scent throughout January.

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