Christmas tree recycling options

Posted on 04/01/2014 by


With festivities over for another year, residents wishing to recycle their real Christmas trees have a number of options:

Christmas trees can be recycled at any of the city council’s three Community Recycling Centres.

If you have a brown bin or live in a brown bin area, place your tree at the kerbside, next to your bin, by 6am on your next garden waste day. Collection days can be checked by entering an address or by postcode at

Trees will also be collected from communal bin areas during January, on the following dates:

• City Centre and Leith – Monday 6, 13, 20
• East – Tuesday 7, 14, 21
• North – Wednesday 8, 15, 22
• West and South West – Thursday 9, 16, 23
• South – Friday 10, 17, 24.

To enable trees to be recycled, residents are reminded to:

• Remove all decorations from the Christmas tree
• Cut the tree in half if it is over 6ft tall
• Do not place trees in plastic bags.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener, said: “Whether they put it on the kerbside next to their brown bin, take it to a Community Recycling Centre or leave it out for collection beside communal bins on the designated day, people can ensure that their real Christmas tree is recycled now the festive season is over.”