How to recycle your Christmas tree

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Did you purchase a real tree for Christmas? Don't let it end up in landfill!

In the UK we purchase some 8 million ‘real’ Christmas trees each year, many of which will go to landfill come January.

The carbon footprint of a Christmas tree is already quite high, but becomes much bigger if it ends up in landfill. If you have the space, why not get a potted tree and reuse it going forwards?

If you've brought a cut tree you could compost it at home. Many district councils also run Christmas tree recycling schemes at this time of year, where trees are either collected or are accepted at local community recycling centres.

Council tree recycling schemes



Garden waste customers can recycle their Christmas tree in their garden waste bin - make sure it's cut up and the lid of the bin can close - or take it to your local recycling centre.

You can also take your tree to Garsons Garden Centre in Esher on Saturday 11 January

Epsom and Ewell

In January Epsom and Ewell Borough Council run free real Christmas tree recycling for all residents. Please see the label put on your bin in December for details of when to put your real Christmas tree.


You can take your real Christmas tree to be recycled at a number locations across the district from Monday 30 December to Friday 17 January.


Mole Valley

Four recycling sites are available for residents to recycle their Christmas trees from Friday 3 to Saturday 11 January 2020.


Reigate and Banstead

If you are a garden waste member, Reigate and Banstead council will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree along side your brown wheeled garden bin on your usual garden waste collection day during during January. 

If you have not joined the Garden Waste Service, you can take your Christmas tree to your local community recycling centre.


If you are registered with their Garden Waste collection service, Runnymede council will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree, alternatively you can take it to your nearest recycling centre.


The council will collect your real Christmas trees for free from 6-17 January. Otherwise you can take your tree to your local recycling centre.

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Surrey Heath

Between 4-19 January 2020, Surrey Heath will be running 15 drop off sites across Surrey Heath, where residents can drive in and leave their real Christmas tree in a designated area.

More details


Anyone with a real Christmas tree can take it to the Community Recycling Centres in Bond Road, Warlingham, or Chaldon Road, Caterham and put it in the garden waste container.

If you are a member of the Biffa Green Waste Club, cut up your tree (maximum tree trunk 4" diameter) and put it in your bin for collection. Make sure you can still close the lid.


You can drop off your real Christmas tree between up to 17 January 2020 at a number of sites in the district. Scroll to the 'Christmas tree drop off points' section of the page in the link below for locations.

Drop off sites


If you live in Woking you can take your Christmas tree to be recycled at Woking Community Recycling Centre