Free Christmas tree recycling

Published: Thursday 27th December 12

Christmas trees will be recycled for free as part of the council’s regular refuse and recycling service.

Trees will be collected from people's front gardens on their refuse and recycling collection days between Wednesday, January 2 and Tuesday, January 15.

They will be shredded and turned into compost.

Residents are strongly advised not to leave trees on pavements unless there is nowhere else at the front of their property to leave it. Trees should only be left out on normal collection days and not before.

Residents who live in blocks of flats should leave their trees near to their refuse bin store, making sure they do not block access to the bin store.

There will be no refuse and recycling collections on New Year's Day.

Between Boxing Day and December 29 schedules will run one day later than usual - ie Friday collections will be made on a Saturday. Services will operate as normal on Monday, December 31 but from January 2 to January 5, schedules will once more run a day later. The normal timetable will be fully restored on Monday, January 7.

Collections are being made on Saturdays over the festive period, but in the new year the service will revert to its normal five day a week operation.

For more information about refuse and recycling services over the Christmas break, plus details of other frontline council services over the holiday period, please visit

Please ensure you recycle as much as possible over the new year period. Plastic and glass bottles, dry paper and card and plastic food trays can all be recycled. For details of what can and cannot be put in orange bags and banks, visit

Leftover food cannot be recycled and should be put in with normal rubbish. For tips on how to avoid wasting excess food go to

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Hi,I live at 186 Ramsden Road SW12, I put my Christmas tree out in my front garden on 7th Jan but it hasn't yet been collected. My collection day is Friday but it was not taken on the 11th. Do you know when it will be collected? Thanks Celia
Celia Maile

14 January 2013