Recycle your Christmas tree

All real Christmas trees – minus baubles, lights, tinsel – can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and added to the green waste container. All 11 sites have one of these and it will be clearly marked. To find your nearest site visit

Four districts offer alternatives to this, so you have even more choice.

In Worthing and Adur, the council will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for you at the same time as they collect your general household rubbish. Just put it out for collection on your usual bin day - starts mid-January.

In Mid Sussex, you can’t leave it kerbside, but there are 26 additional sites where you can take your real tree for recycling from 31 Dec until 14 Jan. Please place your tree in the marked bay.

In Arun, Horsham and Chichester, if you are signed up to their green waste collections, use this to recycle your tree. Chichester have said they are happy to collect trees placed next to people's green waste bins. Arun and Horsham have both requested for trees to be cut up and put inside the bins.

All trees recycled through any of the above methods will be composted locally.

Other Christmas items that should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Site post-Christmas include:

  • Larger cardboard that won't fit inside your recycling bin.
  • Broken Christmas tree lights.
  • Broken external decorations, like light-up reindeer, or light-up Santa.
  • Old toys and clothes if you're having a clear-out.
  • Old artificial trees - normal ones in the waste container please; fibre optic ones in the electricals container.

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