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Used Xmas tree collection points open from today

Now that Christmas is in the past for another year it is possible from today to dump unwanted Christmas trees free of charge at one of the special Christmas tree collection points.

In the Austrian capital Vienna alone there are 504 areas collecting used Christmas trees – some of those in the centre of Vienna however are not yet open to allow new years festivities to be unhindered.

The collection points which are being run by the city's rubbish department the MA48 will be open until 19 January because while some people prefer to throw away their tree immediately - others like to hold onto it for a while. After the fourteenth of January the trees can also be abandoned at one of the official waste collection points in the city. Again free of charge.

The MA48 warn that metal hooks and tinsel or Lametta  are not biodegradable and should be removed from the tree before it is dumped.

The trees will then be ground into pulp and used for heating. This year it is estimated trees collected in this way will provide enough hot water for 3,000 homes this winter. Annually the collection points collect around 135,000 Christmas trees.

The locations of the collection points can be found on the Online-City Map of the city of Vienna.

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