Christmas tree Recycling

December 27, 2021

Please dispose of your real / cut Christmas tree responsibly after Christmas.  Fly-tipping Christmas trees is an offence and you could be prosecuted or face a fine.

Trees taken to Recycling and Household Waste Sites (RHWS), or collected by your local council as part of a garden waste collection will be chipped and composted.

Please note that this advice was correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. Please check with your District / Burrough Council for updates relating to kerbside waste collection services. Check with Leicestershire County Council regarding Recycling and Household Waste Sites.

 

Recycling and Household Waste Sites Instructions
Find your local site here. Check opening times before your visit

Please note that any branches or tree trunks must be smaller (or cut down to less) than 1 metre in length. Branches and trunks must have a diameter of 15cm or less.

Please remove all decorations, lights, pots and stands from the tree.

 

Districts Instructions
Blaby Blaby District Council will collect real Christmas trees from residents who subscribe to the garden waste collection service.

So that the collection team can safely handle and load the trees onto the vehicle;

  • Larger trees should be reduced/cut so that they are no bigger than the dimensions of your bin
  • Please ensure that the tree could fit into your bin if the bin were empty.
Charnwood Charnwood Borough Council will collect real Christmas trees from residents subscribing to the garden waste collection scheme.

Trees must be under 6ft (1.8mtr) in length and must be put out with garden waste collection (on your usual day) between 10th Jan and 21st January 2022.

Harborough Harborough District Council will provide an extra green bin collection for garden waste subscribers in January. Check your collection date here.

Trees must be cut into lengths of 1m or less.

Hinckley & Bosworth Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council will collect real Christmas trees from residents subscribing to their garden waste collection service as part of the usual scheduled collections throughout January. Trees must be cut into pieces no longer than 1m.
Melton Residents of Melton who subscribe to Biffa’s green waste club can place real Christmas trees in their green bin. Please cut the tree into sections to allow the lid of your bin to close.
 

North West Leicestershire

This year, residents of North West Leicestershire will need to put real Christmas trees inside their garden waste bins to recycle them. The bin lid should be fully closed so trees may need to be cut down in order to fit. For safety reasons Christmas trees which aren’t in a bin will not be collected.
Oadby & Wigston Oadby and Wigston residents are asked to place their real Christmas trees in their garden waste collection bin on the usual collection day. Trees may need to be cut down to fit in the bin, ensuring they do not become jammed inside. Residents who do not have a garden waste collection can arrange for their tree to be collected by the council by contacting Customer Services on 0116 288 8961 before 1st February 2022.

It is possible to compost Christmas trees at home. You’ll find some advice on our Christmas composting page.