How to recycle Christmas trees in each London borough

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Barking and Dagenham

Real Christmas trees will be taken away for recycling by refuse crews over the festive period. Residents should put trees next bins on normal collection dates, remembering to removed all decorations. Full details here.


Recycle your real Christmas trees by placing them next to your green bin on your garden waste collection day or take them to the Summers Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre.


Residents can bring their real Christmas trees to either of the two reuse and recycling centres at Thames Road, Crayford DA1 5QJ and Maidstone Road, Foots Cray DA14 5HS - or leave them next to their brown bins (not inside them) for a kerbside collection.


You can take it down to the Reuse and Recycling Centre in Abbey Road. Or, between Monday 28 December and Wednesday 13 January, you can take it to one of the clearly designated drop-off points at the main entrances of the following parks:


Temporary recycling centres for Christmas trees and green garden waste are open on either Saturday 9 January or Sunday 10 January 2016:

Saturday 9 January 2016: 11am to 4pm:

  • Bromley, Norman Park (Hook Farm Road entrance off Bromley Common, A21)

  • Green Street Green, Salt Depot (Shire Lane 'spur', off Sevenoaks Road)

  • St Paul's Cray, Cotmandene Crescent car park (off Chipperfield Road)

Sunday 10 January 2016: 8am to 12noon

  • Beckenham, Unicorn Primary School (Creswell Drive off South Eden Park Road)

  • Biggin Hill, Charles Darwin School (Jail Lane)


Trees with a trunk less than 15cm in diameter and no more than two metres in length can be left for collection. Larger trees should be presented in smaller lengths, tied in bundles.


There will be only two collections from the listed points – on Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 January:

  • Ashburton Park, access from Tenterden Road

  • Grange Park, Canon's Hill

  • Oaks Road/Coombe Road car park

  • Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill

  • Kenley Residents’ Association, Oaks Road green

  • Central Parade car park

  • Fisher's Farm reuse and recycling centre, North Downs Road

  • Granville Gardens car park

  • Upper Woodcote Village RA,Woodcote Village green

  • Purley Oaks reuse and recycling centre, Brighton Road

  • Occasionally Yours, Limpsfield Road

  • Selsdon Recreation Ground, access from Woodlands Gardens

  • Monks Orchard green

  • Shirley Park RA, Green Court Gardens green

  • Whitehorse Meadow, Parry Road

  • Secret Garden, Westow Street

  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way

  • Factory Lane reuse and recycling centre, Factory Lane


Between 4- 29 January 2016, you can leave your real tree on the front edge of your property, your tree will be collected with your usual green box recycling collection.

Tree trunks must not exceed 20cm in diameter, or be more than six feet tall (taller trees can be cut in two). Please ensure all decorations are removed.


Residents receiving a garden recycling collection should put their tree out for collection with their garden waste on their usual collection day, removing all decorations, pots and turf from the tree as these cannot be recycled. If the tree is taller than 6ft please take it to one of the parks listed below or cut it into smaller pieces as it cannot be collected otherwise.

Until 11 January 2013 trees can also be taken to: Barrowell Green Recycling Centre, Bury Lodge Depot, Enfield Playing Fields, Forty Hall or Albany, Broomfield, Bush Hill, Durants, Grovelands, Jubilee, Oakwood, Pymmes, Town or Trent parks although trees can be taken to Barrowell Green after this date.


Royal Greenwich will recycle your real Christmas tree as part of your weekly collection.


Leave it outside your property, visible from the road, before your normal collection day. Trees put out after 15 January will be collected with your fortnightly garden waste collection.

Hammersmith and Fulham

If your recycling and rubbish is collected in sacks from outside your home, leave your real tree in your front garden or outside your property for recycling.

Trees must be ready for collection by midday on your normal weekday collection between Monday 4 January and Saturday 16 January 2016, but they will not be collected until the afternoon of your collection day.


If you receive a green garden waste collection, you can cut your tree into smaller pieces (maximum length 1 metre or 3 feet) and put it out for collection. It is essential that your tree is cut into smaller pieces, otherwise it cannot be collected.

Christmas trees can also be taken to Haringey's Reuse and Recycling Centres.

Alternatively, you can take them to designated sites in the following parks - this is only offered for four weeks after Christmas Day:

  • Albert Road Recreation Ground (Staff yard) - Bidwell Gardens, N11

  • Bruce Castle Park (Staff yard) - Lordship Lane, N17

  • Down Lane Recreation Ground (Staff yard) - Park View Road, N17

  • Downhills Park (Staff yard) - Downhills Park Road, N17

  • Finsbury Park (Staff yard) - Endymion Road, N4

  • The Gardens Community Garden - Doncaster Gardens, N4

  • Priory Park (Staff yard) - Barrington Road, N8

  • Woodside Park (Staff yard) - High Road, N22


Real Christmas trees can be disposed of in your grey bin


Customers of the wheeled bin Garden Waste Collection Service, should cut their trees and place them in the green bin with the lid closed on collection day.

This service is for residents who, for an annual charge, are loaned a 240 litre green wheeled bin or sold a roll of 50 compostable garden waste sacks, which breaks down at the composing site.

The bins are collected from properties, emptied and sent to a composing facility where the contents are turned into a soil improver, avoiding the need for landfill.

Other residents can visit the Gerpins Lane Reuse & Recycling Centre in Upminster or recycle their tree at Gidea Park Sports Ground, Main Road, Romford on Saturday 2 January 2016 between 10am to 2pm.


Christmas trees can be recycled for free as part of the weekly garden waste collection service. Cut into pieces of less than three feet.


The recycling sites will be set up from 24th December Christmas tree and will be in place until Friday the 22nd January 2016.

You can drop off your Christmas tree, minus its decorations, at the designated areas at the following sites across the borough for recycling:


If you live on an estate - the council will collect trees from estates until 13 January. Please ask your caretaker where to leave your tree. If you live in a street property - please put your tree out with your other recycling on your usual collection day, keeping it inside your property edge. Use a drop-off point - from 5-13 January, you can drop off your tree in King Square, Barnard Park, Rosemary Gardens, or Elthorne Park. The Reuse and Recycling Centre on Hornsey Street accepts green waste, including Christmas trees, all year round.

Kensington and Chelsea

If you are already registered for garden waste collections, your Christmas tree will be collected on the same day as your garden waste. To find out which day Christmas trees will be collected in your street (whether or not you are registered with the garden waste service) please see the garden waste collection calendar.

Kingston upon Thames

Real Christmas trees will be collected for composting between 5 and 15 January. Trees should be put out on the same day as your waste collection.

Trees can also be taken to the borough’s Re-use and Recycling Centre in Chapel Mill Road (off Villiers Road) , Kingston. KT1 3GZ. Visit Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames website for more details.


You can leave them out on your usual collection day or take them to one of the collection points.

  • Archbishop’s Park, Carlisle Lane, SE1

  • Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4

  • Streatham Common, rear of Upper Common car park, SE1

  • Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday), SE27 9PA


Recycle your real Christmas tree at any of the following points, throughout January 2016:


The council will collect and compost your real Christmas tree for free. Please remove any decorations and place your tree at the front edge of your property on 10 January 2016.

Your tree must be placed where it can be clearly seen from the road, but not on the pavement. Trees will be collected from Monday 11 January until 24 January. If you put your tree out later than 10 January, Merton cannot guarantee collection.


Newham will collect trees as part of the on-request garden waste service. Large trees should be cut into sizes that are easy to handle.


You can recycle your Christmas tree through the garden waste service. Simply leave it out on the day after your refuse and recycling collection. Please ensure the tree is under 4ft high, or chopped into chunks.

Richmond upon Thames

They will collect your real Christmas tree to be recycled on a specific collection day between Wednesday 6 January and Tuesday 19 January 2016.

This service is free and you do not require a garden waste contract to have your tree collected and recycled.


If you have a food and garden waste collection, real Christmas trees can be collected as part of your normal household collection service. Simply remove any decorations and its pot or stand and place your tree next to your brown bin ready for collection.

If you do not have a scheduled food and garden waste collection service you can book an ad-hoc collection and arrange for your Christmas tree to be collected. Simply email the environment team to book.


A Christmas tree collection service will operate for two weeks from Monday 11 January. Please leave your Christmas tree out on your green bin collection day.

Tower Hamlets

hristmas tree collections will take place from January 4 until 22 January.

Only real trees can be recycled. Residents living in houses can leave their trees on the boundary of their property on their garden waste / food waste recycling day. Residents in blocks of flats should contact their housing manager to find out about local arrangements.

Christmas trees can also be taken to the Re-use and Recycling Centre at Yabsley Street, E14 9RG. The centre is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm and bank holidays from 9am to 4.30pm.

Waltham Forest

Real Christmas trees should be placed by brown bins on collection day.

Trees will be collected from front gardens on refuse and recycling collection days between 2 and 15 January 2016.


Christmas trees will be recycled for free from Thursday (January 2) as part of the council’s regular refuse and recycling service.

Recycled trees are shredded and turned into compost.


After Christmas, you can recycle your tree for free by taking it to one of their collection sites. Please read here for more information.

Alternatively, small trees (under 2 meter/ 7 foot) can be presented with the yellow sticker as part of the normal refuse collection service. They can also be placed in your general waste bin. We also offer a special £25 bulky waste collection for Christmas trees over 7 foot.