It’s nearly the twelfth day of Christmas, which traditionally means it’s time to take down your Christmas tree.

Traditionally it’s unlucky to leave your decorations up after January 6, so here’s your guide to getting treeless in the nick of time.

Below are some details of real Christmas tree recycling options for a number of major towns and cities across the country as well as local refuse centres where you can take your tree to be disposed of.


Recycle your real Christmas tree by leaving it at one of the handy drop off points between Boxing Day and 31st January 2015.

The drop off points are at:

L24: Alderfield Road, Speke, by Millwood. L18: Calderstones Park, Calderstones Road car park. L18: Calderstones Park, Yew Tree Road car park. L11: Croxteth Park, Oak Lane car park. L5: Everton Park, Viewing Platform, Netherfield Road North. L19: Long Lane Recreation Ground, Garston. L7: Newsham Park , Gardener’s Drive (Sheil Road end). L17: Otterspool car park (the first car park). L8: Sefton Park, Review Field, Ullet Gate. L4: Stanley Park car park. L15: Wavertree Park Tennis Centre car park. L25: Woolton Road, Boys Club car park.


If you have a real Christmas tree make sure that you recycle it once the festivities are over.

All you have to do is leave your tree next to your green bin on any of the fortnightly collection days through January 2016 (it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a big green wheelie bin or one of the food only small green bins), please remove the wooden base – these are too solid to be processed. Please make sure that your tree isn’t blocking the footpath.

If you haven’t got a green bin at your address, you can order a green recycling bin online or you can take your tree to a Household Waste Recycling Centre HWRC.


On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will be collecting real Christmas trees in the following postcode areas in Birmingham:

B13 Moseley, B14 Kings Heath, B15 Edgbaston, B17 Harborne, B28 Hall Green, B30 Bournville, B29 Selly Oak/Selly Park, B31 Northfield, B38 Kings Norton, B27 Acocks Green, B26 Yardley.

To book a collection email: fundraise@birminghamhospice.org.ukLondon


Here’s a list of the London Boroughs who will help you dispose of your unwanted Christmas trees

Barking and Dagenham‘s recycling centre in Dagenham is taking trees.

Barnet‘s recycling centre in North Finchley will accept your tree.

If you live in Bexley and don’t have a brown bin, there are two recycling centres you can take your tree to.

The Abbey Road recycling centre is another option for Brent residents.

There are five dedicated recycling points open 10-11 January in Bromley.

Camden has nearly 20 drop-off points which are open until 15 January.

The last date to leave your tree at one of Croydon‘s 17 collection points is 10 January.

Many parks in Ealing host drop-off points for old Christmas trees.

You’ve got until 11 January to take your tree to drop-off points in one of several Enfield parks.

Millfields depot in Hackney will accept trees until 31 January.

There are six drop-off points in Hammersmith and Fulham. There’s no deadline given so take it down there asap to be on the safe side.

Eight drop-off points are open in Haringey until 22 January, plus the two usual recycling centres.

Harrow‘s recycling centre in Wealdstone will take trees.

There are two sites in Havering that will take trees: Gerpins Lane recycling centre in Upminster and Gidea Park Sports Ground (the latter on 4 January only).

Four drop-off points are open in Islington until 18 January.

There are lots of drop-off points in Kensington and Chelsea, open until 18 January.

Lambeth has five drop-off points open between 6-31 January.

Choose from one of 12 drop-off points in Lewisham, open until 25 January.

The Garth Road recycling centre in Merton is another option for your tree.

Richmond‘s usual recycling centre in Kew will accept trees, and until 9 January there are two other drop-off points available.

Southwark has four drop-off points, open 5-31 January.

Tower Hamlets‘s Blackwall recycling centre will accept Christmas trees.

Westminster‘s 23 recycling points are open until 15 January.


Bristol City Council will collect your Christmas tree on your collection day between 12th and 22nd January 2016.

Collection dates are as follows:

Monday 28 December collected on Wednesday 30 December

Tuesday 29 December now collected on Thursday 31 December

Wednesday 30 December now collected on Saturday 2 January 2016

Thursday 31 December now collected on Monday 4 January 2016

Friday 1 January  2016 now collected on Tuesday 5 January 2016

Monday 4 January now collected on Wednesday 6 January

Tuesday 5 January now collected on Thursday 7 January

Wednesday 6 January now collected on Friday 8 January

Thursday 7 January now collected on Saturday 9 January

Friday 8 January now collected on Monday 11 January

Monday 11 January now collected on Tuesday 12 January

Tuesday 12 January now collected on Wednesday 13 January

Wednesday 13 January now collected on Thursday 14 January

Thursday 14 January now collected on Friday 15 January

Friday 15 January now collected on Saturday 16 January


Cardiff City Council suggest that yo recycle your Christmas tree in your green wheelie bin or white bio-bag, but they advise that you cut it up before you put it in your wheelie bin/bio-bag. Trees can also be taken to your local household recycling centre for disposal.


You can put real Christmas trees in your brown bin for collection on the date indicated on your managed weekly recycling calendar. But make sure you cut the tree into manageable pieces and that the lid is closed and the tree is not wedged into the bin.

Real trees can also be taken to the recycling centres at Queenslie, Polmadie, Shieldhall and Dawsholm.  For more information, visit Recycling Centres.


You can recycle your real tree by placing it on the kerbside on your scheduled brown bin day by 6 am. You need to cut up your tree after removing the base and decorations then place it inside your brown bin.

You can also take Christmas trees to any of the Community Recycling Centres.

If you live in a street with shared recycling and waste bins, you can still leave your Christmas trees out for recycling. Leave them on the pavement outside your property. Collections will take place on the following days

City Centre and Leith Wednesday 6 January, Monday 11 January,  Monday 18 January.

North  Wednesday 6 January, Tuesday 12 January, Tuesday 19 January.

East Wednesday 6 January, Wednesday 13 January, Wednesday 20 January.

South Thursday 7 January, Thursday 14 January, Thursday 21 January.

South West Friday 8 January, Friday 15 January, Friday 22 January.

West Saturday 9 January, Saturday 16 January, Saturday 23 January.


St. Gemma’s Hospice will be running their Christmas Tree Collection Service again in 2016.

Collection dates are: Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th January 2016

Please ensure your Christmas Tree is left in place by 8am on Thursday 7th January as they cannot specify the time it will be collected. All they ask is that you make a donation.

St Gemma’s Hospice will only collect Christmas Trees from the following postcodes:
LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS19, LS20, LS21, LS28 and LS29.