What to do with
If you look after your Christmas decorations, then the great thing is that they can be re-used year after year. Things like tinsel and baubles are generally not recyclable so if you do have items you no longer need, consider giving them away rather than putting them in the bin.
Christmas tree lights
Christmas tree lights are recyclable - you can recycle them at household waste recycling centres with electrical items (WEEE).
If you have opted for a wreath containing natural materials like ivy, holly or fir tree clippings, you will be able to compost the greenery once you've removed it from the base, provided it isn't covered with excessive glitter. The decorative parts of the wreath such as ribbons, plastic flowers and berries and the oasis ring/base can be used again. You might like to keep these bits handy and have a go at making a lovely table decoration for your home in the Spring or another wreath next Christmas!
Paper chains and party hats
Paper chains, party hats (like the ones found in crackers), paper lanterns, crepe paper streamers and the stringy paper stuff from party poppers should all be home composted where possible. These decorations are usually made from very thin, tissue style paper that will unfortunately not contain many of the good fibres needed for recycling. If you don't have a home compost bin, you can check with your local council to see if you can include these items in your recycling.
You can find out more about how paper is recycled by watching our short animated video.
Glass baubles are not recyclable - if any of your glass baubles break, please wrap carefully and dispose of in your general waste bin.
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.
If your Christmas tree was supplied with plastic baubles you don't intend to use, why not consider passing them on to a charity shop or offer them to family or friends.
...is not recyclable. If your tinsel has finally lost its sparkle and needs to be thrown away - it needs to be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Ditch the plastic decorations and make your own...
Instead of buying new decorations when your old ones are past their best, why not have a go at making some? Dried oranges and pinecones look very festive and added bonus they can be composted after the festive season. It can be great fun and they'll be reasonably unique too! These great little videos show you some great ideas!