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How to Recycle and Reuse Your Old Christmas tree

The holiday season is always a joyful time where people come together, family, and friends, to celebrate the year’s achievements, have a good time, and make memories.

One of the most common practices during Christmas is putting up a Christmas tree. The large green conifer tree fully decorated with lights and other artifacts usually set the perfect mood to steer everyone in the house throughout the holiday.

The question now is, what can you do with your Christmas tree after the holiday season is over? Well, you can recycle or reuse the tree.

Here are some of the ways of reusing or recycling your old Christmas tree.


  • Make Firewood

Most of the time, people use artificial trees in their house, which usually resembles the actual evergreen conifer, and decorate it appropriately. While there are some people like this, others prefer using the actual (real) tree as it is more appealing and set the mood correctly.

If you’re using trees for commercial purposes such as in large office buildings or town squares, then calling a tree removal company would likely be your best option. There are tree removal Hills District and tree removal North Shore professionals in each respective area!

If you are one of the people, who prefers using the actual tree after the celebrations are over, you can chop the tree and get firewood. The firewood can help you warm up your house at night using the fireplace or cook a meal or two on your charcoal grill.

If you need timber or leftover wood disposed of, we can help with our removal services.

  • Create Fish Food and Habitat

Once you are done with your Christmas tree, you can use it to create fish food and habitat in a nearby lake or pond.

The best way to go about this is to remove any hooks, ornaments, and decorations from the tree and let it look exactly how it was when you uprooted it. Once you have done this, carry the tree and carefully dump it into the lake/pond.

The pine/spruce provides a natural habitat for the fish. Furthermore, when the tree decomposes, it will provide a proper environment for the growth of algae, which is food for the fish.

  • Taking the Tree To a Recycling Centre

Once you are done using the tree and you have no idea what to do with it, a perfect place to start is checking around your area for recycling plants. These centres are skilled in the field and will ensure that your tree is put into proper use.

All you have to do is search on the internet for a recycling centre near you. Once you have found one, retrieve their contacts. From there, you can set a way of either delivering the tree or for them to pick it up.

Make sure you ask if there are special requirements regarding things like ornaments, size, flocking, tinsel, and much more.

  • Restoration of Dunes

Over the years, communities around beaches have had troubles with beach erosion. The problem was significantly reduced after they decided to use old Christmas trees in a bid to restore the sand dunes.

The reason why an old Christmas tree is used in this scenario is that the tree’s needles retain sand and vegetation against strong wind. Therefore, you can use the same principle elsewhere and save two or three sand dunes using your old Christmas tree.


  • Selling or Donating The Tree

One of the best ways of reusing your old Christmas tree, especially the artificial one, is donating it to your relatives, friends, or the less fortunate. What you feel does not serve any purpose may put a huge smile on someone’s face. Otherwise, if the artificial tree is still in good condition, you can choose to sell it as it can fetch a reasonable price.

  • Using It For Art

If you are the type of person who loves art or creating masterpieces from simple items available, well, this might be for you. You can separate the part of the tree and creatively make something beautiful out of it. For instance, the branches can serve as excellent materials for making DIY wreaths.


The festive season comes with a lot of joy, commemorations, eating, and sharing presents under a Christmas tree. Once the celebrations are over, people usually do not know what to do with the trees.

Well, if you are one of them, you can easily recycle the tree by dumping it in a lake/pond as it can serve as a habitat for the fish. It can also decompose to foster the growth of algae, which is food for the fish.

You can also reuse tree, the artificial one, by donating it to somebody who would like to have one. Making firewood with the tree is also a great way of recycling a real Christmas tree.

If you need professional help recycling or getting rid of your Christmas tree after the holidays, call us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal, and we will help you with everything.

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Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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