Christmas tree recycling points: when and where to drop off trees across south and east London

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Local residents can recycle their Christmas trees this festive season from December 28 onwards.

Council recycling authorities for Hackney, Lewisham, Croydon and Tower Hamlets will be setting up recycling points and dates on which residents can give their real trees for reprocessing.

Lewisham Council residents are provided with 12 tree recycling points: Talbot Place (Blackheath), ​Hilly Fields Park, ​Forster Memorial Park (Whitefoot Lane), ​Deptford Park (Scawen Road), Northbrook Park (Baring Road), ​Chinbrook Meadows (Amblecote Road),  ​Manor House Gardens (Old Road), ​Mountsfield Park (George Lane), ​Telegraph Hill Park (Pepys & Kitto Road), ​Mayow Park (Mayow Road), ​Sydenham Wells Park (Wells Park Road) and ​Beckenham Place Park (Old Bromley Road).

They will accept trees from December 28 to January 27. For further information, residents can contact Lewisham recycling at 020 8314 7171 or

Croydon Council has also set up 17 recycling points for each of its areas:  Addiscombe (lower Addiscombe 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), Kenley (Kenley Residents’ Association, Oaks Road green), New Addington (Central Parade car park), Norbury (Granville Gardens car park), Purley (Woodcote Village green), Selsdon Recreation Ground (Woodlands Gardens), Shirley (Monks Orchard Green and Green Court Gardens), South Norwood (Sainsbury’s, Whitehorse Lane), Upper Norwood (Secret Garden, Westow Street), Waddon (Homebase, Fiveways, Purley Way and Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way).

Residents can drop off their trees for reuse between January 2 and January 9. Croydon recycling can be contacted on 020 8726 6200 or

Tower Hamlets Council residents have been provided with an easy doorstep collection of Christmas trees for recycling. The council advises residents in blocks of flats to contact their housing manager to find out about local arrangements.

Those living in houses can leave their trees on the boundary of their property. Collection begins from January 2 and will go on until January 20.

Hackney residents with a garden waste recycling service can leave their trees next to their brown bin on their regular collection day. Trees can also be dropped off for reprocessing at: Millfields Depot, Millfields Road, E5.

Compost collected from recycling will be used in local parks and green spaces in the area.

Locals can drop off trees throughout January, between 8am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. Hackney Council also provides for the tree to be picked up through bulky waste collection.

For more details, contact the recycling hotline on 020 8356 6688. This service is free of charge up to four times a year.

All councils recommend that real Christmas trees given for recycling must not have any decorations or tinsel.

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