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Where to recycle your trees in the New Year

The presents have all been opened, the turkey’s been polished off, and there’s one mince pie left – so maybe it’s time to take down the tree – what then?

Your local council have provided the following information about where and how to recycle your tree.

(If you live in Fife, you may wish to see how Christmas trees are helping to protect your sand dunes – look for the post dated 12th December 2016 on ‘Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s facebook page here)

City of Edinburgh

You can recycle real Christmas trees through the garden waste service. Place your tree at the kerbside, next to your brown bin by 6 am on your garden waste pick up day. Bases should be removed and trees over 6ft tall should be cut it in half. Collection days can be checked by entering postcode at


If you live in a street with shared recycling and waste bins, they will still collect your Christmas trees for recycling. Please leave them on the pavement outside your property. You can download the collection dates here.


You can also take Christmas trees to any of the Community Recycling Centres. The sites will be closed 25, 26 December and 1, 2 January.


East Dunbartonshire

From Friday, 6 January, you can take your Christmas trees to recycling tips at the following locations:

Homebase, Milngavie

William Patrick Library car park, Kirkintilloch

West Carlston Garden Centre, Torrance

Mavis Valley Recycling Centre, Balmuildy Road, Bishopbriggs


The Council will also be collecting Christmas trees for one week from Monday, 16 January 2017.  Please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 4510 to arrange for your tree to be picked up.


East Lothian

There are three ways we can collect real Christmas trees for composting. If you have a brown bin, please present the tree beside it on your garden waste collection days in January. Alternatively, contact 01875 824 305 to arrange an uplift, or take it to one of East Lothian’s Recycling Centres.




After the festive period these can be recycled in your brown bin, making sure your bin lid can be closed and that the tree is not “wedged” (due to protruding branches) into the bin in such a way that it doesn’t empty into the waggon when upended.  If this occurs, it is the customer’s responsibility to rectify the problem and it will not be removed until the next collection date.  Alternatively, trees can be taken to any Recycling Centre in Fife.


Glasgow City

For households with a brown bin, real Christmas trees can be placed in your bin for kerbside collection. Please note the brown bin is now collected every two weeks as indicated by the dates in your managed weekly recycling calendar. Collection days can be checked by entering postcode here. Please cut the tree into manageable pieces and make sure that the lid will close and the tree is not wedged into the bin.


Real trees can also be taken to the recycling centres at Queenslie, Polmadie, Shieldhall and Dawsholm.  For more information, visit Recycling Centres.


You can also take your real trees to the following locations from 3-18 January 2017:

Pollok Park, Burrell Car Park;

Alexandra Park, off Alexandra Parade, car park next to the golf course;

Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, grass area opposite the bandstand.



There is a free disposal of real Christmas trees. They must be placed on the kerbside (not in your brown bin or in a bin store) by 8am on Monday 9 January 2017. The collection will take place at any point between Monday 9 January and 2pm on Friday 13 January.


You can also take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.

Penicuik Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Bellman’s Road


EH26 0AA


Stobhill Household Waste Recycling Centre

Stobhill Road


EH22 4NU


South Lanarkshire

Due to the Festive Period the Council’s ‘special uplift’ and ‘garden waste uplift’ services will not be provided between Monday 26 December 2016 and Friday 6 January 2017. Requests can still be made during this period; however, please note that requests received after 16 December may not be completed until after week commencing the 9 January 2017.


You can also take any additional refuse or recyclable material, including real Christmas trees, to one of the local Household Waste and Recycling Centres that are located at:


Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, Strathaven

Collage Milton Peel Park Industrial Estate, East Kilbride

Blantyre Industrial Estate, Blantyre

Strutherhill Industrial Estate, Larkhall

Castlehill Industrial Estate, Carluke

Eastfield, Cambuslang Road, Rutherglen


West Lothian

Christmas trees can be placed in your brown bin for collection on your usual date after collections resume on Monday 9 January 2017. Please cut them up to fit in the brown bin where possible, and if your bin is full, please ensure the tree is cut into manageable lengths and left on the kerbside beside your brown bin on the day of collection. For more information on bin collections over the Christmas and New Year Period see the following website:

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