Recycle your real Christmas tree for free!

Published: Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Plus – find out about Christmas bank holiday bin collection day changes

For the seventh year in a row, Kettering Borough Council is continuing its Christmas tree recycling service, which sees real Christmas trees collected from outside people’s houses using the kerbside recycling service.

The service will again provide a free collection of real Christmas trees to every household in the Borough during January.  To benefit from this service all households need to do is place their real Christmas tree alongside either their grey or blue recycling bin on their normal recycling collection day. 

The only changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year will be those that were scheduled for Christmas Day (Monday 25th), Boxing Day (Tuesday 26th) and New Year’s Day (Monday 1st January). Before Christmas, bright pink tags will be attached to the black bins of residents affected by these changes, explaining what day to leave your bins out instead. Please make sure that you present your bins by 6:30am on your alternate collection day(s) so we can empty them. 

To find out more about recycling, including your collection day and what you can recycle and how please visit or call or visit our Customer Service team who will be happy to help. 

Look out for refuse and recycling operatives in Christmassy hats over the coming weeks to help bring some festive cheer to the streets of the Borough of Kettering! You can also find tops tips to make the most of recycling over Christmas by following @KetteringBC on Twitter.

Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care at Kettering Borough Council said:

“Kettering Borough Council is always looking for new ways to help local people to recycle and we want to make sure everyone who buys a real tree knows that it is very easy to recycle it in the New Year.”

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“By collecting residents’ real Christmas trees alongside their normal recycling we are hoping to make it easier than ever for people to recycle their real trees. We’ve had a fantastic response to the scheme from residents in recent years and we want to make sure everyone buying a real Christmas tree knows just how easy it is to recycle it.”