Christmas tree recycling this weekend

Published Friday, 8 January 2021

Christmas trees can be recycled free for residents at temporary sites around the borough during Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January only.

Temporary recycling centres for real Christmas trees without decorations are open on either Saturday 9 January or Sunday 10 January 2021.

Details can be found at by following the links from Christmas and New Year 2020/21 waste and recycling collections.

“Anyone with a real Christmas tree to dispose of can take it to a temporary site this weekend for recycling but please make sure you remove the decorations first. If you can’t get to a site and you’re a member of our green garden waste wheelie bin collection service, you could always put your Christmas tree inside your wheelie bin and we’ll take it away for you” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added “Please follow Covid-19 rules and practice social distancing when visiting these temporary sites and our main sites at Waldo Road and Churchfields Road. It is important at this time to keep each other safe and protect our front-line staff.”

On Saturday 9 January 2021 between 11am and 4pm, undecorated Christmas trees can be taken to:

  • Bromley, Norman Park (Hook Farm Road entrance off Bromley Common, A21)
  • Green Street Green, Salt Depot (Shire Lane 'spur', off Sevenoaks Road)

Alternatively, on Sunday 10 January 2021 between 8am and 12noon, undecorated Christmas trees can be taken to:

  • Beckenham, Unicorn Primary School (Creswell Drive off South Eden Park Road)
  • Biggin Hill, Charles Darwin School (Jail Lane).

In previous years, a site had operated at Cotmandene Crescent car park (off Chipperfield Road) St Paul’s Cray, but due to expanded Covid-19 testing, it is not practical and has closed. The council apologises for any inconvenience this causes but residents may like to visit the nearest site at Shire Lane which has extra resources allocated for this.

Residents are reminded that Christmas trees must not have soil, pots or decorations attached and they can also bring along other green garden waste with their Christmas tree. Christmas trees and green garden waste must not be left at any location or outside operating times as sites will be closely monitored and all fly-tippers will be prosecuted.

Residents are also reminded that undecorated Christmas trees can be recycled at Waldo Road and Churchfields Road reuse and recycling centres providing they bring their waste disposal permit with them.

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or who is quarantining is advised not to visit. Waldo Road and Churchfields Road continue to operate their normal opening hours so Christmas trees can be taken to them at other times.

Any resident who is a member of the our green garden waste wheelie bin collection service can also use this service to recycle their real Christmas tree. Trees must be put in the bins for recycling and cut up to fit if necessary.

To join the green garden waste wheelie bin collection service or to find out more, visit


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