Christmas tree

Festive recycling

Published: 5 December 2023
Filed under: Rubbish and recycling

Festive bin collection days

Over the festive period, there will be changes to bin collection days during Christmas and the beginning of New Year's please see the table below. 

Please present the bin for collection on the scheduled collection day. 

Christmas week collection dates

Normal collection dateRevised scheduled collection date
Monday 25 December 2023Wednesday 27 December 2023
Tuesday 26 December 2023Thursday 28 December 2023
Wednesday 27 December 2023Friday 29 December 2023
Thursday 28 December 2023Saturday 30 December 2023
Friday 29 December 2023Tuesday 2 January 2024

New Year collection date changes

Normal collection dateRevised scheduled collection date
Monday 1 January 2024Wednesday 3 January 2024
Tuesday 2 January 2024Thursday 4 January 2024
Wednesday 3 January 2024Friday 5 January 2024
Thursday 4 January 2024Saturday 6 January 2024
Friday 5 January 2024Monday 8 January 2024

New Year collection date changes

Normal collection dateRevised scheduled collection date
Monday 8 January 2024Tuesday 9 January 2024
Tuesday 9 January 2024Wednesday 10 January 2024
Wednesday 10 January 2024Thursday 11 January 2024
Thursday 11 January 2024Friday 12 January 2024
Friday 12 January 2024Saturday 13 January 2024

Real Christmas tree recycling

We will collect your real Christmas tree to ensure it is recycled!

We’re offering a free collection service for real Christmas trees from Tuesday 2 January.

To have your real Christmas tree collected it must:

  • not be larger than 6 foot / 1.8 metres
  • not have any decorations or container/stand at the bottom included
  • not have other items mixed in with the tree
  • the stem of the Christmas tree to be no bigger than 4 inches / 10 cm

For houses with two-wheeled bins

Please place the tree out the evening before your brown bin collection day and ensure the tree is within the boundary of your property and visible to the crew from the road.  To find out when the brown bin collection day is, use the 'find out when your bin should be collected button above'.

Please do not place the real Christmas tree inside of the brown bin.

For communal properties with communal bins

Please book a real Christmas tree collection using your My Account. Your tree will be collected from the communal bin area.

For properties on a sack collection

If you are on a thrice-weekly sack collection service please book a real Christmas tree collection using your My Account.

You can also take it to a recycling centre in Leyton, Chingford, or Walthamstow. 

Additional refuse and recycling

If you have additional recycling, place this next to your recycling bin ready for collection in a cardboard box or transparent plastic bag (i.e not a black bag).

We won’t collect extra refuse sacks so please ensure it’s all placed inside of the refuse bin with the lid closed.

Food waste recycling

Remember to recycle/compost as much food waste as possible over the festive period.  All food waste, including meat/fish bones, eggshells, and plate scrapings can be placed in the brown food and garden waste bin if you live in a house or the grey communal food waste bin.

To reduce food waste, only buy what you need. If you have leftovers or too much food in the fridge visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to make the most of your food.

Reduce reuse and recycle

Please make sure that only plain cards and wrapping paper go in the green recycling bin (no glitter, metallic wrapping paper, or tinsel).

Visit the North London Waste Authorities ‘rethink wrapping’ webpage for great ideas on how to wrap presents more sustainably in style!