Christmas is over and the new year is officially here.
And while that’s a major cause for celebration, it also may leave you with a dilemma on your hands – what to do with your Christmas tree.
If you own a fake, plastic one then you’re in for an easy task, simply pack it up, put it back in the box and stash it away for the next 11 months or so.
However, if you were one of the millions of people across the UK who splashed out on a real tree, you’ve got a bit more of a job on your hands.
To be in keeping with tradition, many people will recommend you leave your decorations up until the 12 days of Christmas are over on January 5.
But if you just can’t wait to get rid of the tree, then you can do so whenever you like – but where do you put it?
The easiest way to dispose of your Christmas tree is to recycle it.
Most local authorities, garden centres and community groups will be able to help you do this throughout January.
Across the UK, most councils will be collecting trees put out with rubbish and recycling or will arrange a special collection point for you to drop it off at.
You can find out if your area is offering this service by checking your council’s website or giving them a call.
Councils have warned that they cannot take all trees at once however, so don’t be alarmed if they don’t take it the first time you put it out. Simply try again on the next collection date.
If for some reason your council is unable to help, visit recyclenow.com to find out whether your nearest recycling centre is taking trees.
Those who don’t fancy putting their tree out with the trash can always give replanting a go.
As long as your tree is still alive and the root ball is still intact you can head out into the garden and settle your festive fur into its new home – as well as a fun addition to your garden, it will also make an excellent shelter for birds during the winter months.
Not found an option you like here? Why not get crafty with your tree?
There are an endless number of ways you can repurpose the wood, branches and pine needles to create something funky – for example rustic coasters or pretty wreaths.
A quick search on Pinterest is bound to provide you with a little inspiration for this.