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How to recycle your Christmas tree

What are the origins of the Christmas tree? Source: Filip Koubek

The Christmas tree is a strong symbol. We carefully choose it, we decorate it and hide the presents under it. It reigns supreme in our homes. But in the aftermath of the 25th it loses his superb, tarnishes. And undressing its trimmings becomes a chore. To throw it out like a bunch of branches and thorns is not the best solution. There are many ways to recycle your Christmas tree by giving it a new life, giving you the feeling of having accomplished your good green gesture which is, of course, part of your resolutions for 2019.

Here is a list of the different ways to recycle your Christmas tree, use it in the garden or even make rustic items for your home.


Most local governments in Australia, including the City of Sydney and the City of Melbourne, continue to collect throughout the month of January and can be booked online.

The McRobies Gully Waste Management Center provides residents of Hobart with a landfill for their trees to be mulched.

In Darwin, trees can be recycled at the Shoal Bay, a waste management centre, do not forget to contact them before.

Birds feeder

Using your Christmas tree to feed the birds is a great way to bring it back to life in the wild. Plant the tree in the soil or leave it in its support. A wide variety of birds will be attracted by cranberry and popcorn strings, bread and dried or chopped fruit in mesh bags. You will be surprised to find that a crowd of birds come for food and stay for shelter.

If you do not have a garden, you can dig part of the trunk, fill it with seeds and hang it on your window.

Birds feeder

Make your photo frame

Rustic photo frames are a great way to display some of your favourite photos, and the best part is that they can be made from the wood and branches of your Christmas tree.

Photo frame

Create a candlestick

A great way to recycle your Christmas tree trunk into a handmade and eco-friendly decorative object.


Homemade Potpourri 

The pine needles of the tree are perfect for making a potpourri, making it a home decor or as the centrepiece of the table. You can also put your pine needles in a lavender bag that will give a fresh scent to your laundry.


Wood painting

If your home needs a bit of personality, the country-style decorative boards made from your tree trunk are easy to make and blend well next to a vase of flowers.

Wood painting

Start a new compost pile

The best start for a new compost pile is a layer of thin branches like of your Christmas tree - including more leafy branches. This allows a little air circulation at the bottom of the pile, and the branches break down over time. Just cut them to fit in your bin, then stack them. You can start adding your leftovers and other compostables.