Green-thinking drivers headed to a recycling centre in numbers as they disposed of their festive waste.
Queues of vehicles formed outside the Burn Road recycling centre in Hartlepool on Bank Holiday Monday.
Motorists also took to social media to highlight the service, saying lines of traffic stretched for hundreds of yards at one point.
The Household Waste Recycling Centre is open 362 days a year and is closed only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Items which can be recycled there include paper, newspapers, books and magazines.
Members of the public can also dispose of cardboard, soil and rubble, wood, glass bottles and jars, and green garden waste. Scrap metal, textiles, clothing and shoes, batteries and oil can also be recycled and staff are on hand to help and give advice on which container to use to dispose of waste.
The centre in Burn Road is open between 8am and 4.30pm every day.
Meanwhile, council officials have also highlighted details of the collections of real Christmas trees.
People are being urged to put their tree next to their green bin on their next green collection day, starting from January 5 and with the last collection day on January 29.
Householders are being urged to ensure that the tree is visible to the collection crew.
Once the festive season is over, the council collects and recycles people’s unwanted real Christmas trees.