Rubbish and recycling Christmas services

1. Christmas collection changes

There will be no rubbish or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017.

If one of your rubbish collections falls on Christmas Day, your next collection will be as normal.

If your recycling collection is scheduled to be on Christmas Day, a special recycling collection will take place on Saturday 23 December 2017.

All other collection days over the period remain the same.

2. Recycling your Christmas tree

Westminster has 22 recycling points for natural Christmas trees. You can take your tree to a drop-off point between Tuesday 2 January and Monday 15 January 2018. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm unless they are in parks, which close at 4.30pm.

Recycling your Christmas tree is easy and helps the environment as it goes to make woodchip and soil-improver. Any trees dumped at other sites won't be composted.

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

Find your nearest Christmas tree recycling point

3. Commercial Christmas collections

Commercial Christmas collections

There are no changes to commercial waste collections over Christmas.

Find out more about commercial waste collections.



4. Mobile Recycling Centre

The Mobile Recycling Centre outside Warwick Avenue tube station will be closed on Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 December 2017.

The Mobile Recycling Centre will also be closed on Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 January 2018 to make way for the Christmas tree recycling site.

Find out more about the Mobile Recycling Centre.


5. Tips for an environmentally friendly Christmas

How to recycle festive items

Reduce wrapping paper usage with ‘furoshiki’, a Japanese-style of wrapping presents with material which can be reused.

Give your Christmas cards a new lease of life by cutting them up to make gift tags for next Christmas.

Mixed recycling

The following can be put in your mixed recycling bags, boxes and bins:

  • Christmas cards without glitter; please also remove badges and batteries from cards before putting them in the mixed recycling
  • paper gift wrap, wrapping paper and paper gift bags but please remove any string from paper gift bags and put the string in your rubbish
  • glass jars including cranberry sauce, mincemeat and baby food jars - give them a rinse in your leftover washing-up water but don't worry about removing labels as they will come off in the recycling process.

See what else can be recycled at home


All non-paper gift wrap, wrapping paper and gift bags, such as foil-based wrapping or bags, should be put in your rubbish. If the gift wrap, wrapper paper and gift bags spring back once you scrunch them, these materials should be put in your rubbish.

Last updated: 1 December 2017
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