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What to do with your real Christmas trees

5 January 2018

As the Christmas trimmings are put back in the loft for another year and all the festive cards are taken down, Lincolnshire residents may be pondering what to do with their real Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Image

Cllr Eddy Poll, Executive Councillor for Waste and Recycling said, “Once the festive period is over, you may be wondering what to do with your Christmas tree.

“There are a variety of services on offer around Lincolnshire to help residents get rid of their old trees.

“One of the best options is to take your old tree to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. From there, the trees are collected, then shredded and made into compost which is great for the garden.

“Alternatively you can cut your old trees up and put them in your garden waste bin, to be taken away when collections start.”

Boston Borough Council

Your tree can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), or, if small enough, it can be cut up and put in brown garden waste bins ready for collection.

South Holland District Council

If you’re on the garden waste scheme, please use the brown garden waste bin. For those not on the garden waste scheme you can (in order of preference):

  1. Compost your tree at home
  2. Take it to the nearest HWRC for composting.
  3. Customers on the green waste scheme can put their real Christmas trees inside their brown bin for collection as service resumes on 22 January.

Put out your tree with your refuse for the period up to and including Friday 26 January.

North Kesteven District Council

Trees can be put in the brown garden waste bin if residents pay for the garden waste collection service. Alternatively real trees can be taken to the nearest HWRC.

South Kesteven District Council

Christmas trees can be left beside the green bins for collection (ending w/c 12 February). If people do not have a green bin they can leave their tree out, in a prominent position, on the day green waste bins are collected on their street.

Residents without a green waste collection in their street, and anyone else that wishes to, can take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre next to the depot in Grantham (opens Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or the HWRC in Bourne.

City of Lincoln Council

Real Christmas trees will be collected with your black bin or can be chopped up and placed in your green bin if you subscribe to the garden waste service.

East Lindsey District Council

Customers on the green waste scheme can put their real Christmas trees next to their green bin or chopped up inside their green bin on the collection dates after Christmas for collection.

Customers who do not subscribe to the green waste scheme should take their Christmas trees to their nearest HWRC.

West Lindsey District Council

Residents are advised to take their tree to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

To find your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre please see

Alternatively  St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, in partnership with JustHelping, are offering Christmas Tree collection in return for a charitable donation. You can register your tree at


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