Cornwall and Devon: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

Cornwall and Devon councils and boroughs

Most areas have either :

  • Kerbside collection (in some cases, cut the tree and put in the green waste bin - Some allow the whole Christmas tree to be placed by the kerb), or
  • Drop-off locations or
  • Both

In ALL cases, remove all ornaments, tinsel, decorations, lights, stands, pots, planters, netting, etc.

Some household waste and recycling collections have been slightly delayed as a result of the national shortage of HGV drivers, which is affecting haulage sectors throughout the UK. Most residents will not see any change from their normal waste collections dates as over 98% of all collections are unaffected, but...

Always follow the link (click on the council or borough name) to get the most current information. There are often last minute changes; do NOT assume nothing has changed since we last revised this page!.


  • Cornwall - kerbside collection, or drop-off at a recycling centre
    If you subscribe to garden waste collection: They collect real Christmas trees for recycling in early January . Please put your Christmas tree out on your normal garden waste collection day.. Trees must not be longer than 6 feet and please remove tinsel, decorations and pots or stands.
    If you do not subscribe to garden waste collections please put out on your tree on your normal rubbish collection day between Monday, 10 January and Friday, 14 January.

    Drop-off - , you can take your tree to the nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Remove it from the pot and take off any decorations.

    Artificial trees are made from a combination of materials. They cannot be recycle and are not collected as part of your recycling collection.

    Household Waste and Recycling Centres
    HWRCs will be open 9am to 4pm throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
    You can recycle; Christmas cards, envelopes and wrapping paper. Put them out for collection in your orange bag for cardboard.
    Please remove decorations such as; ribbon, foil, glitter, plastic film, tinsel and bubble wrap as they cannot recycle these.

    Please do not put batteries out for collection with your rubbish or recycling. They can start fires when crushed in rubbish lorries or at waste transfer stations. You can take batteries (including button batteries and battery packs) to a supermarket or HWRC for recycling.



Devon - Some areas are kerbside collection, all have drop-off at a recycling centre

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