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

Yorkshire 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!.

North Yorkshire

  • North Yorkshire - drop-off at a recycling centre
    You can recycle Christmas trees, free of charge, at all household waste recycling centres. Real Christmas trees are shredded and composted. They should be placed in the garden waste skip.
    Find out more about Christmas tree recycling You can find out details of your local authority, including their contact details, by entering your postcode into their Recycling Locator tool.

South Yorkshire

  • Doncaster - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre
    Kerbside collection - Christmas trees should be cut up and put in your green bin
    Drop-off - They can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day between 18th December and 3rd January, except 25th and 26th December and 1st January. Please be aware last entry will be 6.30pm at Armthorpe (5pm on 24 and 31 December) and 4.30pm at all other sites

West Yorkshire

  • Leeds - drop-off at a recycling centre
    Kerbside collection - Last year St. Gemma's collected them, but it has vanished from their website this year! St Gemma's Hospice will pick up your tree and bring it to the recycling centre for a donation! (Collections are available in LS6, LS7, LS8, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS28) Book well in advance on their website
    Drop-off - There are no council collections for Christmas trees in Leeds, you can drop off your tree free of charge at a recycling centre:
    • Kirkstall, Evanston Avenue, Kirkstall, LS4 2HR​ (8am - 4pm)
    • Meanwood, Meanwood Road, Meanwood, LS7 2LP (8am - 4pm)
    • Middleton, Holme Well Road, Middleton, LS10 4TQ (8am - 4pm)
    • Otley (Ellar Ghyll), Bradford Road, Otley, LS21 3DN (8am - 4pm)
    • Pudsey, Richardshaw Road, Grangefield Industrial Estate, Pudsey, LS28 6LG (8am - 4pm)
    • Seacroft, Limewood Road, Seacroft, Leeds, LS14 1LU (8am - 4pm)
    • Wetherby (Thorp Arch), Thorp Arch Industrial Estate, Leeds, LS23 7BJ (8am - 4pm)
    • Yeadon Milner's Road, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7JE (8am - 4pm)

East Yorkshire

  • East Yorkshire - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre

    Kerbside collection - Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice will come and collect your tree and recycle for a suggested donation of £10 per household tree. Collections will take place week commencing 4th January 2021 - so please make sure your tree is outside from this date. If you live in the following areas, you will be eligible for a tree collection. Book your Christmas tree to be recycled, if you live in one of the areas below (please do not donate if you live outside these areas or we will be unable to collect from you)
    Sheffield (also Christmas Tree Collections - a private company - will be collecting trees from specific postcodes in the Sheffield area, which are: S1 - S14, S17, S18, S20 and S21. They cannot offer service to the Rotherham area or the North of Sheffield.
    Barnsley and Rotherham

    Drop-off - You can take your tree to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.


  • East Riding - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre
    Kerbside collection:Real Christmas trees without decorations can be placed next to brown bins for collection during January. If unsure of collection days, please check the online bin collection calendar.T rees will also be collected as part of the brown bin collections during January. Please place trees at the side of the bin. If unsure of your collection day, please check the online bin collection calendar.
    Please note: If the tree is above 5ft (1.5 metres) and to be placed next to the brown bin in January please can it be cut to below this size to enable it to fit into the collection vehicle.
    Drop-off -Real Christmas trees (without decorations) can be taken to any of the 10 HWRS and put in the greenwaste bin for composting. Find your local household waste recycling site.
  • Richmond - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre
    Kerbside collection service for garden waste subscribers - As a subscriber to this year's garden waste collection service, you can now book to receive an additional special collection to have your Christmas tree picked up and your green bin emptied. This collection service will take place between 10 and 18 January 2022. Please ensure you book this service by 5.15pm on 4 January 2022. If you do not pre-book this service you will not receive a collection in the new year.Once you have booked to receive this service, they will confirm the collection date for your property by e-mail. Any Christmas trees must be placed at the kerbside next to your green bin by 6.30 am on your confirmed collection day.
    Drop-off - Recycle your Christmas trees at local recycling sites - If you do not subscribe to garden waste service, Christmas trees can be taken to a number of recycling sites. Trees must only be taken to the following sites and should be left before the sites are cleared of the trees on the following dates shown:
    Monday 10 January 2022 - Hawes recycling site
    Tuesday 11 January 2022 - Leyburn recycling site
    Thursday 13 January 2022 - Brompton on Swale and Colburn Lorry Park recycling sites
    Friday 14 January 2022 - Richmond - Nuns Close recycling site
    Saturday 15 January 2022 - Reeth recycling site


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