Christmas tree recycling

November 27, 2023

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 / Borough Council for updates relating to kerbside waste collection services. Check with Leicestershire County Council regarding Recycling and Household Waste Sites.


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

Recycling and Household Waste Sites


Find your local site here. Check opening times before your visit

Christmas tree can be taken to a Recycling and Household Waste Site for composting; please ensure all decorations and tree stands are removed first. Larger trees may need to be cut into sections, so no section is longer than 1m in length, and with a trunk / branch diameter of no more than 15cm.



Blaby Christmas trees can be taken to the household waste site (tip), alternatively you can contact local charities as these may offer a collection service such as LOROS (please be aware there may be a charge for this).
Charnwood Charnwood Borough Council will provide details closer to Christmas. Please check their website using the link to the left for more details about their garden waste collection service.
Harborough You can find local charities that offer a Christmas tree collection by visiting the Harborough District Council website at Alternatively, if you subscribe to Harborough District Council’s garden waste collection service, you may cut up your real tree and place it inside your green garden waste bin for collection in March 2024.
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 and be placed into the garden waste bins.
Melton Melton Borough Council will provide information  closer to Christmas. Please check their website using the link to the left for more details about their garden waste collection service.

North West Leicestershire

Residents of North West Leicestershire can 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 Residents of Oadby and Wigston can arrange for their real Christmas trees to be collected by contacting Customer Services on (0116) 288 8961 between 2 – 12 January 2024, collections for the real Christmas trees will take place between 15 -19 January 2024.