East Midlands: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

East Midlands councils and boroughs

Most areas have either :

  • Kerbside collection (in some cases, cut the tree and put in the green waste bin - Some allow the whole Christmas tree to be placed by the kerb), or
  • Drop-off locations or
  • Both

In ALL cases, remove all ornaments, tinsel, decorations, lights, stands, pots, planters, netting, etc.

Some household waste and recycling collections have been slightly delayed as a result of the national shortage of HGV drivers, which is affecting haulage sectors throughout the UK. Most residents will not see any change from their normal waste collections dates as over 98% of all collections are unaffected, but...

Always follow the link (click on the council or borough name) to get the most current information. There are often last minute changes; do NOT assume nothing has changed since we last revised this page!.


  • Derbyshire - Recycle real Christmas trees by taking them to household waste recycling centres which are open every day from 8:30am to 6pm except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Or you can put them next to your garden waste bin for composting.



  • North Kesteven District Council -
    Kerbside - Residents who subscribe to residents the garden waste collection service may put trees in the brown garden waste bin
    Drop-off - Real trees can be taken to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
  • South Kesteven District Council -
    Christmas trees can be left beside the green bins for collection (ending w/c February 12). If people do not have a green bin they can leave their tree out, in a prominent position, on the day green waste bins are collected on their street.
    Residents without a green waste collection in their street, and anyone else that wishes to, can take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre next to the depot in Grantham (opens Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or in Bourne.
  • West Lindsey District Council -
    Residents are advised to take their tree to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
  • East Lindsey District Council -
    Customers on the green waste scheme can put their real Christmas trees next to their green bin or chopped up inside their green bin on the collection dates after Christmas for collection.
    Customers who do not subscribe to the green waste scheme should take their Christmas trees to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
  • Boston Borough Council -
    Trees can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, or, if small enough, can be cut up and put in brown garden waste bins ready for collection.
  • South Holland District Council -
    Residents on the garden waste scheme should use the brown garden waste bin. Those not on the garden waste scheme should (in order of preference):
    1. Compost their tree at home
    2. Take it to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre for composting
    3. Put it inside their brown bin for collection as service resumes on January 22
    People should put out their tree with refuse for the period up to and including Friday, January 26.
    Alternatively St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, in partnership with JustHelping, are offering Christmas Tree collection in return for a charitable donation. Register on their website.


  • Northampton -
    Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled recycling collection day from 10th January until 21st January 2022
    Place your tree next to your recycling bin or box at the kerbside by 6:30am. Please remove all decorations and tinsel. Any trees over six feet if possible break up into manageable pieces to help us fit them into the back of the vehicles. If your tree is bigger than six feet and cannot be broken down into manageable pieces, please take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
    Sixfields Recycling Centre, Walter Tull Way, NN5 5QL
    Ecton Recycling Centre, Lower Ecton Lane, NN3 5HQ
    Brixworth Recycling Centre, Scaldwell Road, NN6 9YE


  • Nottingham - The Hospitals Charity runs a Christmas tree recycling scheme. They collect the trees for £10 donation, which will go towards supporting staff and patients at Nottingham's NHS hospitals. Sign up for the scheme online now, with tree collections starting Friday 7 January, 2022.

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