The presents have been opened, Christmas chocolate has been devoured and it’s time to think about taking down festive decorations.
But rather than throwing your real Christmas trees away, councils across the Fylde coast are urging residents to recycle them,
It’s a message being echoed by Blackpool and Fylde Green Party leader Peter Ritchie.
He said: “We always promote recycling of any sort but around 80 per cent of Christmas trees used these days are synthetic. Certainly all fresh Christmas trees should be recycled.
“One easy way that people can recycle their trees but never seem to think of is to replant them – that’s what I used to do when I had a big enough garden. There are a lot of homes in Blackpool that can keep Christmas trees growing for a number of years.
“Christmas trees can also be shredded down and used for compost.”
For those without gardens, real Christmas trees can be cut up and put in green recycling bins and put out for collection as usual.
They can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling centres on Bristol Avenue, Bispham, and Saltcotes Road, Lytham, or left at designated collection points in Fylde between January 3 and 13.
They are at St Paul’s Avenue car park, Fairhaven, Mill Street car park, Kirkham, Lowther Gardens, Lytham, North Beach car park, St Annes and Staining Village Hall, Staining.
All decorations must be removed before disposal.
Recycling Christmas trees saves on valuable landfill space.