CHRISTMAS decorations are being fitted across the country leaving many people having to remove a tree.
But if you don’t handle it properly, you could start the year off with a fine of hundreds of pounds.
Twelfth night is traditionally the day when Christmas decorations are taken down – and some even believe it’s bad luck if you leave them on any longer.
That means 12 days from Christmas Day, January 5th, is the day to drop the decorations (also known as Ephinany).
You have several options for getting your Christmas tree, but leaving it on the street can be considered bad practice in some areas.
If you are caught fly-pulling you could be fined up to £400 – not the best way to start the new year.
For example, Bromley and Leicestershire council has issued warnings that residents will face penalties if they do not handle their trees properly.
How exactly to dispose of your tree will depend on your area, as each council sets waste collection rules.
Some councils offer recycled kerbside. For example, in Camden there are specific spots for you to drop trees between January 3 and 14.
Residents of Bromley can bring their Christmas Trees to specific temporary locations at certain times and days where the council will then recycle them.
It warned that Christmas trees and garden waste must not be left outside of this time, or else it would be “considered fly catching and will be prosecuted”.
Some areas accept real Christmas trees to be disposed of in garden bins or at recycling centers.
For example, old trees in Leicestershire can be taken to Household Waste and Recycling Sites (RHWS) and some of them will be picked up in your garden bin.
The council said: “Responsibly dispose of your real/cut Christmas tree after Christmas.
“Shooting a fly on a Christmas tree is an offense and you could be prosecuted or face a fine.”
How can I get rid of my Christmas tree?
Since the rules vary depending on where you live, it’s best to check in person so you can follow them and avoid fines.
You can find local council website using the tool on gov.uk and search for your postcode.
Of course, no matter how you dispose of it, you need to make sure all your decorations are removed first.
And the rules only apply to real Christmas trees – fake ones can be boxed and reused the following year.
There are other options for getting rid of your Christmas tree, and they may be better for your wallet as well as the environment.
You can try growing your own plants to use again next year if you have a garden and space to grow them.
It can also save you money on buying another one if you can afford it.
A couple planted a 6ft tall Christmas tree in 1978 now use a cherry picker to decorate the 50ft giant with 3,000 lights in an annual tradition.
Composting is another option, but you’ll need to cut it into several smaller pieces before adding it to your pile.
Many charities will also come and collect your tree for recycling in exchange for a small donation – you can Find people in your area here.
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