Throwing your Christmas Tree in the Forest Can Cost You 150 Euros

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Throwing a Christmas tree in the forest is forbidden

It is forbidden to throw a Christmas tree in the forest. Prefer dump sites, temporary collection points or organised collections in your city.

Every year, it’s the same story. Once past Christmas, what to do with the Christmas tree? While some people are slowly yellowing it near the electric radiator before deciding to throw it away as summer approaches, others say that throwing it into the forest is a “natural” solution.

After the holiday season, used fir trees often decorate the undergrowth of forests . However, this practice is prohibited. This act is punishable by a fine of up to 150 euros , which applies for all types of vegetable waste.

“Contrary to popular belief, the accumulation of plant waste including fir trees can be harmful to forest soils,” says the National Forest Office on its site.

Invasive plant development

In fact, large needle thicknesses due to the addition of small deposits take a long time to decompose and locally asphyxiate the soil.

In some cases, even if the “transformation” is working well, the enrichment of the soil produced by the deposition of wastes leads to modifications of the forest ecosystem that may lead to opportunistic faunal species (wild boars) or to the development of invasive plants.

That’s why it’s better to look to other solutions such as waste disposal centres, temporary collection points, some distributors or learn about the collections organised in your village, town, commune or city.

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