Christmas tree recycling to take place at the kerb

From Monday 7 January until Friday 18 January 2019 Forest of Dean residents wanting to recycle their real Christmas trees will be able to leave them out for collection on their scheduled garden waste collection day.

The Christmas tree collection service - operated by Forest of Dean District Council and waste contractor Biffa - is available to all residents, including those without a current garden waste licence. 

Householders wishing to use the service should place their tree at the kerbside by 7.30am on the scheduled garden waste collection day for their neighbourhood between 7 January and 18 January.  Garden waste collections take place on the alternate week to the refuse collection for most properties. Residents who are unsure when the collection is due in their neighbourhood can either visit the waste pages of the Council’s website (, check the annual waste calendar or call the customer services team on 01594 810000 during office opening hours.

Small trees can be reduced and put in the green wheeled bin.  Larger trees can be left at the kerbside.  Residents are asked to carefully reduce their trees to sections no longer than 1.5m in length to assist with the collection.  All lights, tree decorations, pots and stands must be removed in order for the tree to be collected.

Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the Forest of Dean District Council said:

"It is estimated that some seven million Christmas trees are bought each year.

"We want to make sure that as many real Christmas trees as possible are composted and that is why we are pleased to be able to pick them up from homes across the district again this year.  We know many residents appreciate this service as real trees can be particularly cumbersome to handle and messy to dispose of once needles start to drop.  The trees will go on to be processed locally, either at Dymock or at a site near Redmarley."

Residents who are unsure when their collection is due can either visit the waste pages of the Council’s website ( ), check their annual waste calendar or call the customer services team on 01594 810000 during office opening hours.

Real Christmas trees can also be taken to the local Household Recycling Centres at Oak Quarry (Broadwell) and Hempsted (Gloucester) and placed in the dedicated garden waste bank.  Both sites are currently operating winter opening hours which are from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  Residents are reminded that throughout the year Oak Quarry HRC is now closed every Tuesday and Hempsted HRC is closed every Thursday. 

Large trees need to be reduced to smaller lengths of no more than 1.8m before visiting the HRC sites.

Householders are reminded that Christmas trees, like other garden waste, must not be disposed of in black refuse wheeled bins.


Notes for Editors

Photo Shows:     Cllr Chris McFarling with Christmas trees and garden waste bins.    

Did you know?

  • The Carbon Trust calculates that an artificial tree would need to be used for 10 years to have a lower carbon impact than buying a real tree.  The best option is to purchase a potted living tree which can be used year after year. (
  • It is estimated that over seven million real Christmas trees are purchased each year in the UK (source British Christmas Tree Growers Association).
  • Trees collected from the kerbside will be taken to Rose Hill Farm in Dymock where they will be turned into a soil improver or to Pendock Estate, near Redmarley for composting.


Contact: Marsha Llewellyn, Recycling and Waste Officer (Promotions), Joint Waste Team, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High St, Coleford GL16 8HG.  Tel: 01594 812428.  Email:



  • 01594 810000