Where can you recycle your real Christmas tree?

Where can you recycle your real Christmas tree?

Published at 12:00pm 27th December 2019. (Updated at 10:03am 6th January 2020)

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Here's everything you need to know about getting rid of the tree once the decorations come down.

All of our local councils have put plans in place to allow us to dispose of real trees responsibly.

There are also schemes that can help local charities too.

Christmas Tree recycling New Forest District Council January 2019
There's plenty of places locally that we can take our Christmas Trees to once we've finished with them


If you already pay to have your garden waste collected by Wiltshire Council, you can put your real tree out for recycling with your green bin.

They'll be collected on the first collection date in 2020.

Green waste collections will resume from Wednesday January 8th.

Salisbury Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling
The recycled trees are chipped up and made into mulch


As they have done in previous years, the Salisbury Hospice Charity is also running their tree recycling scheme.

They'll pick up our trees in return for a donation to them. 

A portion of that will also go to the Love for Louis campaign - supporting a young Fovant boy who was born with a rare genetic disorder.

Registration for this service has now CLOSED, with the trees being collected between the 10th and 12th January.

Christmas Tree recycling New Forest District Council January 2019
The drop off points in the New Forest proved really popular last Christmas


The District Council is providing a Christmas tree recycling service in the New Year, with a number of local collection points:

  • Blackfield - Gang Warily community centre car park
  • Brockenhurst - Brookley Road car park
  • Burley - Coach park
  • Fordingbridge - A338 slip road car park
  • Hythe - New Road car park
  • Lymington - St Thomas Street car park
  • Lymington - Bath Road car park
  • Lyndhurst - Village centre car park
  • Milford - Hurst Road car park
  • New Milton - Crossmead Avenue car park 
  • Ringwood - The Furlong car park
  • Totton - Westfield car park
  • Totton - Rumbridge Street car park

The collected trees will be chipped up and then used as mulch.

All those sites will be open between the 2nd and 12th January 2019.


A Christmas tree recycling service is being set up by the Borough Council between Friday 27th December and Monday 13th January 2020.

Here's the collection points:

Test Valley Borough Council Christmas Tree Recycling Collection Points 2019
The collection points include Andover, Weyhill and West Wellow

We're asked to make sure any decorations are removed and we place them in the areas advised by staff on site.

If your tree is taller than 6 feet, please cut it down before taking it to a recycling point.

Households that have garden waste collected by Test Valley Borough Council, can also put your tree out with your waste in the New Year.

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