Where can I recycle?
‘Real’ trees are recyclable, however artificial ones are not. Most councils often arrange special collections of ‘real’ trees in early January and advertise the dates this will take place with any other changes to collections over the Christmas period. Contact your council to find out local arrangements.
Alternatively you could buy a potted Christmas tree (with roots on) so that you can’t plant it out after the festive period to keep it alive for next Christmas
What do I need to do?
- Simply remove all the decorations and tinsel from the tree, remove it from the pot or stand and take it to a collection point. This is usually the boundary of your property or a designated communal point;
- You may receive a leaflet from your council, find an information sticker on your bin or see an advert in your local paper detailing when the ‘special collection’ will take place. If you don’t come across any of these, contact your council and ask if they are collecting.
How is it recycled?
- Trees are usually shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas.
What can I do with an artificial tree?
- Due to the combination of materials used to make an artificial tree you are unable to recycle it. However, if in good condition, you could ask friends and family if they want it, advertise it on an exchange website or donate it to charity.