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Christmas recycling

Find out where to drop your real Christmas trees and what to do with other Christmas items
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Real Christmas trees

You can recycle your real Christmas tree from 2 January to 28 February 2021.

Bring your tree to one of these collection points:

  • Hilly Fields, entrance in Hilly Fields Crescent
  • Blythe Hill, entrance on Codrington Hill
  • Deptford Park, entrance in Scawen Road
  • Telegraph Hill, Pepys Road/Kitto Road entrance
  • Talbot Place, Blackheath
  • Mountsfield Park, entrance at top of George Lane
  • Sydenham Wells Park, entrance in Wells Park Road
  • Forster Memorial Park, top entrance on Whitefoot Lane
  • Northbrook Park, Baring Road entrance
  • Mayow Park, entrance in Mayow Road
  • Chinbrook Meadows, Amblecote Road
  • Manor House Gardens, Old Road entrance (you can’t recycle your tree at Manor Park).

If you have a garden waste bin, you can use it to recycle your real Christmas tree. Just cut it into pieces no bigger than 10cm thick and 50cm long.

You should remove all decorations, pots or stands before recycling your tree. You can’t put artificial trees in your garden waste bin.

Other Christmas items

Christmas cards

Most cards are paper or card, so can be recycled. Any extras such as glitter or bows can’t be recycled so please tear this part off before placing in your recycling bin.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper causes problems at our recycling plant because of its make-up and the amount of sticky tape used. So it will need to go in your refuse bin.

But if you have any leftover wrapping paper that hasn’t got sticky tape on, then do the scrunch test - scrunch up the paper and if it doesn’t spring back, it is recyclable.


With more us of being at home this year, online deliveries have increased, which means many more cardboard boxes. Please remember to remove any plastic or polystyrene inserts and any excess sticky tape before placing your flattened cardboard boxes in your recycling bin.


More toys and gadgets means more batteries – please remember that these cannot go in the bin as it could cause fires as our recycling plant. Batteries must be disposed of at our reuse and recycling centre or at collection facilities in some supermarkets.

Food waste

The best way to cut down on food waste is to only buy what you need. In UK households we waste 6.5 million tonnes of food waste each year, 4.5 million of which is still edible. That’s enough waste to fill 38 million wheelie bins.

The average family of four can save just over £60 per month by reducing their food waste.

This Christmas, try writing out a meal plan or making sure that you store your leftovers properly. You can use the A–Z of Food Storage to work out how to store different foods.