Christmas 2021 Information

Recycle your real christmas tree

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree

We are asking residents to plan ahead and say a green goodbye to their Christmas trees and other festive waste.

For those of us keen on making this a greener Christmas, we will be thinking about how to dispose of our real Christmas trees once the festive season comes to an end.

The best option is to compost it at home or turn it into a wildlife corner, although we appreciate that will not be possible for everyone.

That is why real Christmas trees will be collected free of charge from Tuesday 4 January 2022 by our dedicated garden waste collection teams.

You can present your tree by 7am on your normal recycling and waste collection day, ensuring that it is within the boundary of your property where it is visible from the road and our team will collect every correctly presented Christmas tree between Tuesday 4 January and Friday 14 January.

Due to the way the garden waste team deliver the normal garden waste collection service, some residents’ tree collections may take place on a different day to their normal recycling and waste collection (it might be a day ahead or a day later) so please visit the directory to double-check which garden waste day applies to your road.

If your tree has not been collected by 6 pm on Friday 14 January, please let us know by using this form to request a collection. After you submit the form, we will aim to collect your tree within 7 working days.

Remember your real Christmas tree can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres free of charge. To find out more about their location and opening times, visit

How to correctly present my real Christmas tree for collection:

  • Trees should be decoration free
  • Trees taller than 6ft (180 cm) should be cut in half.
  • Pots or stands should be removed.
  • We cannot collect artificial Christmas trees.
  • Do not place your tree on the public highway as this is fly tipping. All residents have a responsibility to dispose of their waste correctly. Fly-tipping is an offence, and you could be issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty.
  • Please do not bag your tree in black bags. or use the pink recycling sacks to dispose of your tree, (garden waste should never be mixed with your recycling as it reduces the quality of the recycling).

Thank you!

Your Christmas tree will be recycled locally into high-quality peat-free compost. Thank you for recycling your Christmas tree and helping reduce the amount of waste generated in Southend-on-Sea over the Christmas period!

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