Christmas Tree Recycling

After the festivities are over for another year and you've sorted out your wrapping paper, packaging from presents, extra bottles and so on for recycling please don't forget your Christmas tree!

If you've bought a real tree with a good root system intact why not plant it in your garden for use in future years celebrations (you can always trim the top if it outgrows the room!)

If you need to dispose of it your local council will have arrangements for trees to either be collected at the kerbside or taken to a local collection point - depending on which district you live in. See the table below for details of your local arrangements.

Before you put your tree out for collection don't forget to remove all decorations (and presents!) and take it out of its pot!! And if your council accepts Christmas trees in your garden waste collection bin please bear in mind you may need to cut it up to fit in the bin.

Christmas Tree Collection Arrangements


District/Borough Council


Arrangement


Details

Babergh

Trees can be left at designated collection sites.

Real Christmas trees can also be left next to brown bins for collection during the month of January 2018.

There will be no brown bin collections over Christmas and New Year, between 25th December and 5th January.

To find your local collection point, please see Christmas Tree Recycling Sites.
Ipswich

Place in your brown bin on scheduled collection days.

There will be no brown bin collections between 25 December and 8 Jan.

Please make sure the bin lid is closed before collection, cut tree if necessary. Larger trees can be placed besides the brown bin on collection day.
Mid Suffolk

Trees can be left at designated collection sites. 

Real Christmas trees can also be left next to brown bins for collection during the month of January 2018.

There will be no brown bin collections over Christmas and New Year, between 25th December and 5th January.
To find your local collection point, please see Christmas Tree Recycling Sites.
Suffolk Coastal Place in your brown bin on scheduled collection days. The collection scheme will accept trees providing they are cut up so that the bin lid is completely closed before collection. Tree branches/stems must not be any larger in diameter than 1.5 inches (4cm). 
Waveney

If you subscribe to the green bin service  you can place your tree in your bin on scheduled collection days.

Otherwise you can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre.  

The collection scheme will accept trees providing they are cut up so that the bin lid is completely closed before collection. Tree branches/stems must not be any larger in diameter than 1.5 inches (4cm).

West Suffolk Councils

(Forest Heath & St Eds)

If you subscribe to the brown bin service  you can place your tree in your brown bin on scheduled collection days.

Otherwise you can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre. 

Please make sure the bin lid is closed before collection, cut tree if necessary.

If your tree is too large or its stem is too thick then you may find it easier to take it to one of the 11 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the county, which accept whole Christmas trees in the green waste bins. As with trees collected from the kerbside these will be shredded and composted at facilities in the county to make soil improver for domestic and agricultural use.


What can I do with an artificial tree?

If your artificial tree won't make it through another winter then you can recycle these at any Household Waste Recycling Centre in Suffolk. If you have an old artificial one in good condition these will be accepted in the reuse container at each site before the 24th Dec . After this date, or if your tree is not suitable for reuse, these can be recycled in either the metal or hard plastic bin depending on the main materials it is constructed from - please ask site staff if you are unsure. Unfortunately you are not able to recycle it in your kerbside collection bin. However, if your tree is still in good condition when you decide to replace it, why not ask friends and family, advertise it on an exchange website or donate it to charity so someone else can use it?