Christmas tree collections

Published on 27th December 2017

Christmas tree on the street for recycling

When the festive season draws to a close, residents are reminded that the council and Ubico Ltd offer the following options for them to recycle their real Christmas trees.

If you are a garden waste customer leave your tree out with your garden waste bin on your first collection any time after New Year’s day and it will be collected.

If you are not a garden waste customer:

  • Take your tree to the Swindon Road Recycling Centre - during opening hours

Centre opening times during the festive season:


Opening hours

Wednesday 27 December

Normal hours (8.30am - 6.30pm)

Thursday 28 December

Normal hours (7.30am - 6.30pm)

Friday 29 December

Normal hours (7.30am - 6.30pm)

Saturday 30 December

Normal hours (7.30am - 4.00pm)

Sunday 31 December - New Year's Eve

9:00am - 1:00pm

Monday 1 January - New Year's Day


Tuesday 2 January

Normal hours (7.30am - 6.30pm)

  • Alternatively Ubico Ltd will collect Christmas trees from Monday 8 January for two weeks.
    • Check the website for the garden waste collections in your area and leave your tree out on this day (remember to check for bank holiday collection changes). If a garden waste vehicle goes into your street then it will be collected.
    • If a garden waste vehicle does not go into your street, the tree can be left out for your next refuse collection, but it will go to landfill.

Please note: Christmas trees should be free of decorations, pots or stands and trees up to five feet or one and a half metres tall can be left out whole. Trees larger than this should be cut down before being put out for collection.

For media enquiries please contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer 01242 775 050 or email

Notes to editor:

Christmas cards - Provided they do not contain foil or glitter decoration, these can be put into the blue cardboard bag, recycled at the cardboard banks at bring sites around the town or taken to the Swindon Road recycling centre.

Wrapping paper which does not contain foil can be put into your kerbside recycling box for recycling. However wrapping paper made from foil cannot be placed in to the kerbside recycling box as unfortunately it cannot be recycled. Do the scrunch test - if you scrunch it and it springs back, it's not foil.

Cardboard gift boxes should be placed in your blue cardboard bag.

Please remember to pre-sort your recycling before you put it out for collection as advised on our recycling webpages