How to safely recycle your Christmas tree

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There's nothing more Christmassy than the smell of a real Christmas tree but they can pose a serious fire hazard if they dry out. When your tree becomes dry, recycle it promptly at one of our 26 free recycling points.

We’ve made recycling your tree easy and by doing this you help the environment too - as they go to make woodchip and soil-improver. Christmas trees dry out quickly and are prone to catch fire. If you opted for a real tree this year, make sure you keep it watered and then dispose of it for free at one of our 26 recycling points well before it dries out and becomes a fire hazard. You can test how dry your tree is by snapping its needles – if they snap immediately your tree is too dry.  

You can find your nearest free Christmas tree recycling point online (opens new window).

Drop your tree off any day from Monday 30 December 2019 through to Sunday 12 January 2020 between the hours of 8am to 8pm (if the recycling point is in a park it will close at 4.30pm).

Before bringing your real Christmas tree to a recycling point:

  • remove all decorations, lights and baubles
  • remove all netting
  • remove all plastic and metal stand
  • do not remove branches

Find out more about our Christmas waste collection services and tips on how to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas (opens new window).