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Have an environmentally friendly Christmas

Real Christmas tree recycling points 

Westminster has over 25 recycling points for real Christmas trees. You can take your tree to a drop-off point from the start of Wednesday 27 December 2023 to the end of day on Wednesday 10 January 2024. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm unless they are in parks, which close at 4.30pm.

Remember to remove all decorations, stands and netting from the tree before bringing it to a recycling point. 

Find your nearest tree recycling point

Changes to your rubbish collections over Christmas 

If your kerbside food waste, mixed recycling or rubbish collection is usually on a Monday, there will be changes to your collections during the festive season. You also won't be able to book an on-demand food waste collection on Monday 25 December or Monday 1 January.

Find out more about changes to collections over Christmas and New Year

Tips for a greener Christmas 

There are so many things you can do to have a more sustainable Christmas. Our partners at Veolia have shared some of their top tips:

  • Reuse your wrapping paper and cards by cutting them up to make gift tags for next year.
  • All your jars, from cranberry sauce to mincemeat, can be recycled. Just give them a rinse and recycle with your other glass. No need to remove the labels, they’ll come off in the recycling process.
  • Save on wrapping paper and wrap your gifts within a gift with decorative scarves or cut squares out of old garments that would have otherwise ended up in the bin.
  • Not sure if your wrapping paper can be recycled? Try the scrunch test. Simply scrunch the paper into a ball and if it stays scrunched up pop it in your recycling bin.
Some rolls of wrapping paper with text overlaid 'we use enough wrapping paper to wrap around the world 9 times'
Some houses made of cardboard with text overlaid reading "food wasted in the UK over the festive season alone could power a home for 57 years'
A gift wrapped in brown paper with text overlaid reading '57% of people in the UK receive at least one unwanted festive gift'