Many people see 6 January as the last day of Christmas, the day the tree comes down and the decorations get packed away.
But if your tree is one of the 7m ‘real’ ones brought in the UK every year, you’ll need to find somewhere for it to go.
The carbon footprint of a tree becomes much bigger if it ends up in landfill.
So what else can you do with your Christmas tree?
After all, no one wants to get dumped in January.
Real’ trees are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas.
Local authorities often arrange drop-off points or special collections of ‘real’ trees in early January and advertise the dates this will take place with any other changes to collections over the Christmas period. Check your local authority website for more information.
For those living in the Belfast, Belfast City Council have four recycling centres:
- Alexandra Park Avenue, 180 Alexandra Park Avenue, BT15 3GJ – Blackstaff Way, I Blackstaff Way, BT11 9DT – Ormeau, 6 Park Road, BT7 2FX – Palmerstown Road, 2-4 Palmerstown Road, BT4 1QA