When all the festive fun has been had, and you’re surrounded by torn wrapping paper, leftovers and a slightly sad looking Christmas tree, you’ll need to start working out how to get rid of it all (if only to make room for all the glass recycling that New Year’s Eve will bring).
So here is the Eastlondonlines guide to recycling, waste collection and tree disposal in our boroughs this season.
Tower Hamlets residents can help the environment this Christmas by recycling as much of their festive waste as possible – that includes Christmas trees, cards, boxes and paper, plastic food containers, plastic pots, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, food and drink cans.
Last year around 500 Christmas trees were collected for recycling - they started a whole new life as compost.
To recycle a Christmas tree, residents in blocks of flats should contact their housing manager to find out about local arrangements. Those living in houses can leave their trees on the boundary of their property on their garden waste / food waste recycling day.
Christmas tree collections will take place from 7 January up until 25 January. Only real Christmas trees can be recycled and pots, soil, netting and decorations should be removed as these items cannot be composted.
There will be changes to the collection days over the Christmas and New Year period. From 25 December recycling and waste collection will take place two days later than the normal collection day. From 1 January, recycling and waste collection will take place one day later than the normal collection day.
Collections return to normal during the week commencing 7 January 2013.
Residents should leave their household waste, recycling, food and garden waste out on their collection day before 7am.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Clean and Green
Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5004
Fax: 020 7364 6885
Christmas Tree recycling:
From 28 December 2012 until 27 January 2013, Lewisham residents can take their unwanted real Christmas trees to any one of 12 designated recycling points.
|Talbot Place - Blackheath||SE3|
|Hilly Fields Park - use Hilly Fields Crescent Entrance||SE4|
|Forster Memorial Park - use entrance at the top of Whitefoot Lane||SE6|
|Deptford Park - use entrance in Scawen Road||SE8|
|Northbrook Park - use entrance in Baring Road||SE12|
|Chinbrook Meadows - use entrance in Amblecote Road||SE12|
|Manor House Gardens - use entrance in Old Road||SE13|
|Mountsfield Park - use entrance at the top of George Lane||SE13|
|Telegraph Hill Park - use entrance on Pepys & Kitto Road||SE14|
|Mayow Park - use entrance in Mayow Road||SE23|
|Sydenham Wells Park - use entrance in Wells Park Road||SE26|
|Beckenham Place Park - use entrance in Old Bromley Road||BR1|
Tel: 020 8314 7171 Fax: 020 8314 3479 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refuse and recycling collection arrangements for Christmas and New Year 2012–13:
Please make sure they can access your bins on your normal collection day as well as all of the other days listed below. Usual service will resume on Monday 7 January 2013.
Normal collection day
Revised collection day
|Monday 24 December||Normal day|
|Tuesday 25 December||Thursday 27th December|
|Wednesday 26 December||One or two days later|
|Thursday 27 December||One or two days later|
|Friday 28 December||Normal day or one day later|
|Monday 31 December||Normal day|
|Tuesday 1 January||Wednesday 2nd January|
|Wednesday 2 January||Normal day or one day later|
|Thursday 3 January||Normal day or one day later|
|Friday 4 January||Normal day or one day later|
Contact: Refuse Collection
Tel: 020 8314 7171 Email: email@example.com
Tel: 020 8314 7171 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the holiday period the council's refuse and recycling services will be operating a slightly revised collection schedule during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Normal collections will resume on Monday 7 January.
Existing collection day - Revised collection day - Change in service
Monday 24 December - Saturday 22 December - 2 days early
Tuesday 25 December - Monday 24 December - 1 day early
Wednesday 26 December - Thursday 27 December - 1 day late
Thursday 27 December - Friday 28 December - 1 day late
Friday 28 December - Saturday 29 December - 1 day late
Monday 31 December - Monday 31 December - No change
Tuesday 1 January - Wednesday 2 January - 1 day late
Wednesday 2 January - Thursday 3 January - 1 day late
Thursday 3 January - Friday 4 January - 1 day late
Friday 4 January - Saturday 5 January - 1 day late
Reuse and recycling centres
The council's reuse and recycling centres will be open for business as usual except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
You can find out more about this service on the recycling sites information page.
Christmas tree recycling
If you opt for a real Christmas tree this year, do not forget to take it to one of the council's designated recycling collection points between 2 January to 13 January 2013.
At other times, Christmas trees can be taken to any of the reuse and recycling centres - but please remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before taking it to be recycled.
Ashburton Park - Access from Tenterden Road
Broad Green - Homebase, Purley Way
Coulsdon - Lion Green Road car park
Coulsdon East - Grange Park, Canon's Hill
Fairfield - Oaks Road/Commbe Road car park
Heathfield - Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill
Kenley - Kenley Residents' Association, Oaks Road green
New Addington - Central Parade car park
Norbury - Granville Gardens car park
Purley - Upper Woodcote Village Residents' Association, Woodcote Village green
Selsdon - Selsdon Recreation Ground (access from Woodlands Gardens)
Shirley - Monks Orchard Green
Shirley - Shirley Park Residents' Association, Green Court Gardens green
South Norwood - Sainsbury's, Whitehorse Lane
Upper Norwood - Secret Garden, Westow Street
Waddon - Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way
Waddon - Ikea car park
Recycling and rubbish collections
There are changes to the collection days; your recycling and waste may be collected a day later than usual.
Collections return to normal on Monday 7 January 2013.
Contact centre, cashier's office and service centre
Opening hours for our public offices and phone lines:
Monday 24 December - closed
Tuesday 25 December - closed
Wednesday 26 December - closed
Thursday 27 December - open 9am-5pm
Friday 28 December - open 9am-5pm
Saturday 29 December - Closed
Sunday 30 December - Closed
Monday 31 December - Closed
Tuesday 1 January - Closed
Normal hours resume from 2 January 2012: 9am to 5pm for the service centre and cashier's office and 8am to 8pm for the phone line.
In emergencies, call 020 8356 3000.
|Usual collection day||Planned recycling
|Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve)||Collection as normal||Sunday 23|
|Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day)||Wednesday 26||Monday 24|
|Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day)||Thursday 27||Thursday 27|
|Thursday 27 December||Friday 28||Friday 28|
|Friday 28 December||Saturday 29||Saturday 29|
|Monday 31 December (New Year's Eve)||As normal||As normal|
|Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day)||Wednesday 2||Wednesday 2|
|Wednesday 2 January||Thursday 3||Thursday 3|
|Thursday 3 January||Friday 4||Friday 4|
|Friday 4 January||Saturday 5||Saturday 5|