What to do with
Christmas tree lights
Christmas tree lights can be recycled. Some councils are now starting to collect small electrical items as part of your household recycling collection (usually the item needs to be bagged and kept separate from the rest of your recycling); otherwise you can recycle them at household waste recycling centres with electrical items.
Glass baubles are not recyclable. Broken glass baubles should be disposed of by wrapping and putting in with general waste.
Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic not widely collected yet in the UK and are likely to be covered with glitter which would impact on the recycling process.
Tinsel cannot be recycled. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle and needs to be thrown away please dispose of it in your rubbish bin.
Natural materials on wreaths, such as ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly, can be composted as long as they are not covered with excessive glitter. Simply remove the greenery from the base and add to your garden/green waste collection, or drop at your local household waste recycling centre. Artificial ldecorations such as ribbons and plastic flowers will need to be removed as these cannot be recycled.
Unwanted decorations in good condition can be donated to charity shops for re-sale and re-use.
Our Recycling Locator tool can tell you where your nearest recycling locations are.