Fake Christmas trees are usually made from steel and the plastic known as PVC. To produce one kilogram of raw PVC you need over a kilo of fossil fuels plus half a kilo of minerals and 10 L of water. The process also releases about two kilograms of CO2 - which contributes to climate change - and eight grams of hazardous waste, and to make matters worse, fake Christmas trees can't be recycled.
For real Christmas trees, mulch it up and add it to your compost, some cut tree suppliers will also take back the used tree for mulching, ask about disposal when purchasing your tree.
For fake Christmas trees, donate it to charity to keep it out of landfill:
- Anglicare Op Shop– 205 Windsor St, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 4135
- Salvos Store– cnr Lennox & Paget Streets, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3560
- Uniting Church – 25 West Market Street, Richmond - Phone: (02) 4578 3820
- Windsor 256 George Street - Phone: (02) 4577 4880
- Richmond 1 / 328 Windsor Street - Phone: (02) 4578 0599
- Riverstone Shop 3 / 33 Pitt Street - Phone: (02) 9627 3756
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