Christmas recycling

Thank you to everyone who participated in recycling this year. To help you continue into the new year, here are some tips and information on recycling more this Christmas and New Year.

Please note: we cannot recycle Christmas cards and wrapping paper so please dispose of them in your black bin which takes your everyday household waste.

You can continue to recycle cardboard packaging, boxes, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, food and drink cans in your red recycling bin. You can also take these items to one of the recycle bring bank sites or at Chalvey Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Christmas recycling Recycle your Christmas tree

250 tonnes of Christmas trees are simply thrown away after Christmas.* If you have a real Christmas tree, the most environmentally conscious way to dispose of it after Christmas is to compost it. If you cannot compost your Christmas tree yourself, the council can help.

Household collections

As the green waste service is continuing through the winter, you can just chop off the branches from your Christmas tree and put them into the green bin along with any other garden waste such as leaves. Small stumps can be cut up and put in the bin, larger ones will need to be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Make sure all decorations, tree stands, soil, pots and netting have been removed.

What happens to the trees we collect?

They are either composted or turned into chippings which will be used as a mulch to spread on the flower beds. Mulch will suppress weed growth and help the soil to retain moisture.

What can I do with an artificial tree?

Unfortunately, due to the combination of materials used to make an artificial tree, you are unable to recycle it. However, if it is still in good condition when you decide to replace it, why not ask friends and family, or donate it to charity so someone else can use it or you can take it to the Chalvey Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Christmas facts

At Christmas we use an estimated 289,171 tonnes of card packaging, this is enough to:

  • cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times
  • cover The Gherkin over 230,000 times
  • wrap The London Eye nearly 50,000 times
  • make a cardboard motorway stretching from London to Lapland and back 103 times with all the card packaging we use at Christmas

 based on WRAP research from 2015.