When Christmas comes to an end, you’ll need to consider what you’re going to do with your Christmas tree.
Please don’t be fooled into thinking that real Christmas trees can be left on common land because they’re natural. Real Christmas trees fall under the ‘green waste’ category — and dumping green waste is still classed as fly-tipping.
Those who choose to fly-tip can face up to a £50,000 fine or twelve months imprisonment if prosecuted at a Magistrate’s Court.
Fortunately, Councils across Wales prepare for Christmas tree disposal season each year and provide services to help ensure used trees are disposed of legally and responsibly.
Find your local Council below to discover what COVID-safe services they will offering this year:
Disposal method: household collection (as part of their normal Green Waste Disposal Service).
Time and date: within the first three weeks of January, at a pre-booked time and date. Call 01495 311556 or visit www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk to register and book a collection.
Disposal method: residents can take their Christmas Trees to one of three Amenity Sites in the Bridgend County: Maesteg, Bryngarw and Porthcawl.
Time and date: 9am to 4pm, seven days a week. Cars can attend at any time, however vans — even those for domestic use — have to book in advance.
Disposal method: amenity sites will be open over the Christmas period, except for Bank Holidays. Christmas Trees can also be disposed of through weekly garden waste collections, but only if they are chopped into a manageable size and adhere to the county’s regular garden waste restrictions.
Time and date: A list of local amenity sites and their opening hours can be found here. There is no booking required, however all sites are operating under strict COVID-19 restrictions which can be found here.
Disposal method: as part of your usual garden waste collection for a two week period in January only.
Time and date: the exact date depends on your postcode. Enter you address here to find out when collections will be happening in your area.
Disposal method: real Christmas Trees should be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Nantycaws, Trostre, Wernddu and Whitland are all by appointment only.
Time and date: appointments are available daily and must be made in advance here. All recycling centres are open seven days a week, except Whitland which is open Wednesday – Sunday.
Disposal method: Real Christmas trees can be taken to your nearest Household Recycling Centre, or you can use the Council’s normal Garden Waste Collection Service.
Time and date: To arrange a garden waste collection, a time and date must be prebooked by calling 01545 570881 or online, here. You must purchase a green garden waste bag and tie it to the stump of the tree. Trees without this will not be collected and may be considered fly-tipping.
Disposal method: residents who have signed up for a garden waste collection service with Bryson Recycling will have their trees collected. Residents also have the option to book an appointment with local recycling centres in Mochdre and Abergele who will accept real Christmas trees free of charge.
Time and date: Bryson Recycling will be running their collection service throughout January. Mochdre and Abergele Recycling Centres will be open for an hour longer each day from the 27th to the 31st of December.
Disposal method: the Waste and Recycling parks in Denbigh, Ruthin and Rhyl.
Time and date: Booking is essential. Time slots can be booked online here or by calling 01824 706000.
Disposal method: Nightingale House Hospice are offering a free collection service for real Christmas trees in return for a donation towards patient care at the hospice. To book a collection from the Nightingale House Hospice, visit www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/tree or call 01978 314292.
Flintshire County Council also has five Household Recycling Centres, all of which accept real Christmas Trees. All trees are composted at the Council’s own composting facility in Greenfield or turned into chippings for use in local parks and woodland areas.
Time and date: Household Recycling Centre opening times across Flintshire have been updated for the festive period. All centres are open throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, as follows:
· Christmas Eve - 9am - 5pm
· Boxing Day - 9am - 5pm
· 27 December and 28 December - 9am - 5pm
· 29 December - 9am - 4pm
· 30 December - 9am - 5pm
· New Year’s Eve - 9am - 4pm
· New Year’s Day - 9am - 5pm
Disposal method: Christmas trees that have been cut down to fit in household garden waste bins can be collected as part of Gwynedd’s Garden Waste collection service. Residents can book this service (for a £35 fee) at any time of year, here. Residents can also take their Christmas trees to one of eight Recycling Centres at a pre-booked time and date.
Time and date: Garden waste collection days vary by address. Find out more here. Please note, there will be no collections over Christmas or New Year. Opening dates and times for local Recycling Centres also vary. Find your nearest centre, their opening hours and access the booking system, here.
N.B. Christmas trees are not accepted as side waste, so please do not leave them for Waste Collection unless you have paid for the green waste collection service.
Isle of Anglesey
Disposal method: Anglesey Residents can dispose of their Christmas trees by contacting the Waste Management Section to book a Bulky Waste Collection Service, or they can visit the Isle of Anglesey County Council website to book a Household Waste Recycling Centre visit.
Time and date: These services are provided all year round. Bulky Waste Collection and Recycling Centre visits must be pre-booked.
Disposal method: real Christmas trees will be collected from households on request only.
Time and date: A collection will be made from the upper Valley on Wednesday 6th January 2020 and from the lower valley on Thursday 7th January 2020. Call 01685 725000 to request a collection before the above dates. Real trees and garden waste can also be taken to Household Waste and Recycling Centres.
Disposal method: through the Council’s usual garden waste collection, but only if you are already registered as a garden waste customer for the 2020 period.
Time and date: there will be no garden waste collection from Monday 21st December until Friday 1st of January. However Monmouthshire County Council will be extending the service afterward this until the 15th of January.
Other useful information: Registration for the 2020 garden waste service is currently closed and will reopen at the end of January. For those who are not registered, real Christmas trees can be taken to the local Recycling Centre at a time you can book here.
Neath Port Talbot
Disposal method: the Recycling Centres at Bethel Road, Briton Ferry Industrial Estate and Margam Street can take wood and timber collections like real Christmas trees.
Time and date: Bethel Road will be open Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 – 5.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm,but will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Briton Ferry and Margam Street are operating a compulsory book system and have different hours. To book a slot, visit here.
N.B. in Neath Port Talbot, you cannot book a real Christmas tree in for a Bulky Items Collection, as garden waste is not included in the service.
Disposal method: Newport City Council offer a Domestic Special Collection service of £21 for up to three items, and Christmas trees are eligible for collection within the service. Alternatively, residents can book a slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Time and date: Book a date for your Domestic Special Collection service here. The Household Waste Recycling Centre in Maesglas will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December and the 1st of January. Click here to book online or contact 01633 656656.
Disposal method: Pembrokeshire County Council has teamed up with local charity, FRAME, to provide free kerbside collections for real Christmas trees.
Time and date: The collection service will commence from 6th January 2021 and householders wishing to have a collection can arrange a time and date by calling 01437 764551. Requests for collections will open on 15th December 2020 and residents will have until 8th January 2021 to make a booking.
Disposal method: real Christmas trees can be recycled at any one of your local recycling centres.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Disposal method: real trees can be booked in for collection on the same day as your revised dry recycling collection and must be left at your normal recycling point.
Time and date: bookings are compulsory and will be taken from the 7th of December, for collections running between the 4th and the 15th of January. Call 01443 425001 to book your slot.
- Residents MUST book their tree in for collection at least 24 hours before their "normal/revised" collection day.
- Please remove all baubles/tinsel/lights from your tree and if your tree is bigger than 4ft, please chop into manageable sized chunks before placing out for collection (unbagged).
Disposal method: Real Christmas trees can be chopped up to fit in your garden waste bags as long as they're not too heavy. Or, they can be taken to your local recycling centre and placed in the garden waste skip.
Time and date: All recycling centres are open 8.30am - 5.00pm, 7 days a week. Recycling centres will be closed from 1.00pm on Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Green waste collection week varies by address. Search for your address here to find out when your green waste will be collected.
Disposal method: you can recycle your real tree by taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Time and date: the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Panteg Way New Inn, Pontypool, will be open Monday to Sunday between 10:00am – 3:30pm. You must prebook an appointment, here.
Vale of Glamorgan
Disposal method: residents are advised to take real Christmas trees to either Barry or Llandow Recycling Centres. Appointments for must be booked, here.
Time and date: during the winter, appointments can be booked between 10am and 4pm, seven days a week (up to the 20th of December and after the 1st of January).
Disposal method: residents who are registered for Wrexham Council’s Green Waste collection service can chop their trees into smaller pieces and place them in their green recycling bins. Anyone can sign up and pay £25 per collection. If trees cannot fit into the Green Waste bins, they can also be taken to one of three Household Waste Recycling Centres Wrexham: Industrial Estate and Plas Madoc (without an appointment) and Brymbo (a pre-booked appointment is essential).
Time and date: Green waste will be collected monthly throughout December, January and February, before resuming a twice monthly schedule. Recycling Centre open times and booking systems are listed here.
While Councils are providing Christmas tree Collection services, please do not leave your Christmas tree with your regular waste, or on the property/ pavement in front of your house (unless you have confirmed that this is how it will be collected – and imminently.
For more advice and useful information on safe waste management for householders over the festive period, keep an eye on our Facebook page where we are sharing daily bite-size tips in the run up to Christmas Day.
It’s all part of our seasonal campaign, #25DaysofTipmas. If you have any advice that you would like to share about safe and responsible waste management at Christmas time, please join the conversation by using our campaign hashtag on Twitter.