how to dispose of a christmas tree for free in london

How to dispose of a Christmas Tree for Free in London

6 January 2021

If you live in London and want to dispose of your Christmas tree fast, then take a quick pic and list it on the LoveJunk waste removal market. Typical collection price for a single Xmas tree is £10 - £25 (depending on size and location) and average response time is 2 minutes. All collections are undertaken by licensed waste carriers who can remove from in or outside the property. Payment and collection are contact-free.

However, if you have a bit more time and are looking for a cheaper solution, then the following Xmas tree disposal options are available free of charge to Londoners.

 

  1. Collection by the Council 
  2. Drop off at council tip
  3. Dispose with a Christmas tree sellers

1. Council collection 

Most London councils offer residents a kerbside Christmas tree collection service, usually on their normal bin collection day. Below are the details of each collection service by borough.

Note - if you are a business, council collections normally don’t apply to you and you’ll have to arrange your own disposal method.

 

Borough Kerbside Christmas tree collection details
Barking & Dagenham NA - don’t offer service
Barnet Jan 6 - Feb 1: please cut tree in half and leave out on bin day
Bexley From Jan 11: cut in half and leave out on bin day, but will only be collected from properties which are part of garden waste service
Brent NA - don’t offer service
Bromley N/A - don’t offer service
Camden N/A - don’t offer service
Croydon From 18 Jan: collecting from kerbside properties
City of London NA - don’t offer service
Ealing Jan 2 - 31: Leave on the front edge of the property, collected on the same day as your normal bin collection
Enfield Residents receiving garden recycling collection can leave their tree out for collection with their food waste.  If the tree is taller then 6ft it needs to be cut into smaller pieces 
Greenwich Leave in front of your property before 6am, collected as part of weekly collection
Hackney Jan 4 - 15 Jan: leave outside on your rubbish & recycling day
Hammersmith & Fulham Jan 4 - 17: Put your tree out for collection before 7am on your regular collection day
Haringey Leave kerbside and cut your tree into smaller pieces (max length 1 metre).
Harrow N/A - don’t offer service.
Havering N/A - don’t offer service.
Hillingdon Christmas trees can be recycled for free as part of the weekly garden waste collection service.
Hounslow Jan 7 - 17: Kerbside collection
Islington Kerbside collections on normal recycling day until Jan 21
Kensington and Chelsea Jan 2 - 17: Trees can be collected on your normal bin day.
Kingston Upon Thames Jan 13 - 24: Kerbside collection on your bin collection day.
Lambeth Kerbside collection throughout January / in communal bin area if you live in a flat
Lewisham N/A - don’t offer service
Merton Jan 13 - 27: Trees can be collected kerbside
Newham Collected with green waste collection
Redbridge Leave outside for kerbside collection by 7am on Jan 13, it should then be collected between then and Jan 24
Richmond upon Thames Jan 6 - 17: Collected on your normal garden waste collection day
Southwark Collected as part of your usual bin collection.  Bin collection dates here
Sutton Jan 13 - 27: Kerbside/communal bin area collections
Tower Hamlets Jan 6 - 20: Kerbside collection on food/garden waste collection day
Waltham Forest Left outside property on brown bin collection day from 4 Jan
Wandsworth Jan 4 - 15: Collected kerbside on normal refuse & recycling days.
Westminster N/A - don’t offer service.

 

christmas tree leaning against green bin

2. Take to Council drop off point

If your council doesn’t offer a kerbside collection service or you don’t fancy waiting for your council to pick up your Christmas tree, you can take it to a council drop off point yourself. Drop off points are located at your local tip / civic amenity site and also at various temporary locations listed below. 

Borough Drop off points
Barking & Dagenham South Park Drive entrance of Barking car park, the West Road Entrance of St Chads car park or the Bull Lane entrance Central Park in Dagenham.  

Dates: Jan 5 Barking car park, Jan 8 St Chads or Jan 11 Central Park.

Barnet Summers Lane recycling centre in North Finchley.
Bexley Thames Road recycling centre in Crayford and Maidstone Road recycling centre in Foots Cray.
Brent Drop off points, Dec 27 - Jan 10.
Bromley Drop off points: Norman Park, Salt Depot, St Paul’s Cray (all Jan 11).  Unicorn Primary School, Charles Darwin School (both Jan 12).
Camden Drop off points.
Croydon Drop off points.
City of London Can be taken to Barbican estate in the following locations on Mondays and Thursdays: Bunyan Court; Cromwell Tower; Thomas Moore House; Willoughby House and Lauderdale.
Ealing Drop off points.
Enfield Drop off points.
Greenwich No drop off points.
Hackney Millfields Depot fron Jan 4 to Jan 31.
Hammersmith & Fulham Drop off points.
Haringey Drop off points.
Harrow Drop off point at Harrow Recycling Centre.
Havering Drop off point at Gidea Park Sports Ground, Main Road, Romford on 9 Jan between 10am-2pm or taken to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster.  
Hillingdon Drop off points are Harefield Civic Amenity Site and West Drayton waste facility.
Hounslow Drop off points.
Islington Drop off points here between Jan 2 - Jan 21.
Kensington and Chelsea Drop off points here Jan 2-19.
Kingston Upon Thames Drop off point at Re-use and Recycling Centre in Chapel Mill Road.
Lambeth Drop off point at recycling sites: Streatham Common, Clapham Common and Lambeth Re-use and Recycling Centre.
Lewisham Drop off points here from Jan 2-28.
Merton Drop off point at Morden Reuse and recycling Centre.
Newham Drop off point at Jenkins Lane re-use and recycling centre.
Redbridge Drop off point at ELWA refuse and recycling centre.
Richmond upon Thames Drop off points here.
Southwark Drop off point at Reuse and Recycling centre but be aware you’ll need to book a permit first (it’s free).
Sutton Drop off point at Kimpton Park Way, Household Reuse and Recycling Centre
Tower Hamlets No drop off points.
Waltham Forest Drop off points at recycling centres in Leyton, Chingford or Walthamstow.
Wandsworth No drop off points.
Westminster 26 recycling points here, last day to drop off is Jan 12.

christmas tree reycling

3. Disposal at Christmas tree retailers

A few London Christmas tree sellers offer a disposal and recycling service:

For completeness, we have included the biggest Christmas tree retailer, Pines & Needles, but as you can see their rates are expensive, so we doubt you’ll be using them...

 

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