A reminder to re-plant or recycle your real Christmas tree


Whether you’re the kind of person to take down all the decorations on Boxing Day, or if you wait til the 11th hour on twelfth night, make sure you either re-plant your real Christmas tree in the garden or recycle it.

Last year, 23 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough and sent for composting.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one of the Council’s Christmas tree recycling sites between Saturday 4 January and Sunday 12 January, where they will be taken away for composting.

Sites include:

  • Hillgrounds Road, Kempston – Opposite the shops near Hartwell Drive
  • Jubilee Park, Bedford – Opposite North Lodge, Canvin Way
  • Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Radwell Road
  • Mowsbury Park car park – off Kimbolton Road
  • Podington Garden Centre – High Street, Podington
  • Roxton Garden Centre – Bedford Road, Roxton near A1 Black Cat roundabout
  • Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead – Bedford Road, Wilstead
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre – Barkers Lane, Bedford

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said, “Our Christmas tree recycling sites are again open for two weeks after Christmas, ready for trees to be dropped off for free.

“Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, and getting it composted is a great, green way to deal with your tree after Christmas.”

Please make sure all decorations and containers are removed before you drop your tree off.

To get alerts about bin collections and tips for Christmas recycling, you can sign up to the Council’s email bulletins at www.bedford.gov.uk/stayconnected