County news: Encouragment to recycle Christmas trees

West Sussex residents with real Christmas trees are being encouraged to recycle them this festive season.


All real Christmas trees – minus baubles, lights and tinsel – can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and added to the green waste container.

Some districts offer alternatives to this.

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

In Mid Sussex, you cannot leave it on the kerbside, but there are 26 additional sites where you can take your real tree for recycling from 31 December until 14 January. Just be sure to place your tree in the marked bay.

Across Arun, Horsham and Chichester, if you are signed up for green waste collections, you can use this to recycle your tree.

Residents in Chichester can leave trees next to their green waste bins, but those in Arun and Horsham are kindly asked to cut up their trees and place them inside.

If you’d like more information, visit your local district council website.

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.

All 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex have green waste containers and it will be clearly marked.

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