Northeast England: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

Northeast England 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!.


  • Durham - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre
    kerbside: They collect real Christmas trees for free in January - you can request to have your tree collected between mid-December and 6 January 2022.
    When you request your collection, they'll give you the start date of the week in which they'll collect your tree. The tree could be collected any day during that week. If you book online, you will receive an email confirming the start date of your collection week.
    When you leave your tree out for collection, please:
    Put your tree out from 7.00am on Monday of your scheduled week of collection.
    Leave you tree in front of your property (for example on your drive or garden), at the side of your house where your bins are normally collected.
    Make sure they can gain access to the tree(s) - unlock gates where applicable.
    Cut trees over 10 feet in height into a manageable size i.e. at least in half with further trimming to larger branches.
    Don't place your tree out for collection before your scheduled collection week. This helps stop the tree being taken by a third party who may not be licensed to collect and dispose of your tree legally, and your tree could end up being flytipped.
    If you want to get rid of your Christmas tree before January or you don't arrange to have your tree collected, you can take your tree to a household waste recycling centre. See Recycling centres (tips) to find your nearest or to see opening hours.


Tyne & Wear

  • Tyne & Wear - drop-off at a recycling centre
    Take your tree to a Household Waste Recycling Centre; they are open every day, winter opening times (1 October to 31 March) are 8am to 6pm.
    Brunswick Industrial Estate, Sandy Lane, Newcastle
    Glasshouse Road, Off Walker Road, Byker, Newcastle
    Walbottle Road, Walbottle, Newcastle
    Tynemouth Road, Howdon, North Tyneside


  • Teeside Hospice - kerbside collection,
    Collects trees kerbside from Friday, 7 January 2022 to Tuesday, 11 January 2022. Register your Christmas tree today to be collected by Teesside Hospice. Once collected your tree will be chipped and recycled to be used within local parks, it's a great way to support Teesside Hospice, whilst also making your area a greener place.
    All trees must be registered by the 3rd January 2022 by 11:59 pm.