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Christmas tree

Festive recycling

Published: 17 December 2021
Filed under: Rubbish and recycling

Festive bin collection days

Over the festive period, our crews will be working hard on the bank holidays which means there will be no changes to the days your bins are collected.  Your bins will be collected on their usual collection day.

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 Monday 3 January.

To have your real Christmas tree collected it must:

  • be smaller than 6 foot / 1.8 metres in height
  • the stem of the Christmas tree to be no bigger than 4 inches / 10 cm in diameter
  • have no decorations  such as tinsel or baubles around the tree or a container at the bottom of the tree
  • must not have any other items within the tree

For houses

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

For communal properties

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

For properties on a sack collection

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

You can also take it to a recycling centre in Leyton, Chingford or Walthamstow. You will need to book a slot before going.

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 your brown bin if you live in a house.

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 your 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!