Recycled Christmas trees help gardens grow

Christmas Tree Recycling Day Berkhamsted

On Sunday 9 January 2022, Dacorum residents recycled more than 6,000 Christmas trees for free at our chipping points throughout the borough.

The annual recycling day has been running in Dacorum for 26 years, and it soared back to pre-COVID levels with local Scouts groups and the Hospice of St Francis able to offer tree collections again.

The groups were welcomed back along with residents at the three chipping points set up at the outdoor locations of Cupid Green Depot, Hemel Hempstead, Canal Fields car park, Berkhamsted and Tring Garden Centre.

Some Christmas trees were passed through the chippers and the chippings were available for residents to take away and reuse in their gardens as a weed preventative. The remaining trees and chippings will be recycled into compost ready to eventually be returned to the soil to help new plants grow.

We received several evergreen trees that were still alive and potted in soil with the roots intact. These trees were kept aside for replanting.

We encourage anyone who has a Christmas tree that is still alive and has roots to either keep it in their garden to reuse next year or offer it to someone else who will be able to give it a good home.

If your New Year’s resolution is to be greener, then check out our Top tips to go green page, which is full of useful hints and tips for those who want to do their bit for the environment.

For those who missed our Christmas tree-chipping day, real Christmas trees can be recycled at the Recycling Centres in Eastman Way in Hemel Hempstead or in Northbridge Road in Berkhamsted.

Trees must not be left at any of the borough’s other recycling sites as this will be treated as fly-tipping. Alternatively, the tree can be cut up and stored it in the green bin ready for garden waste collections to begin again in the spring. An extra green bin can be ordered by visiting our Additional garden waste subscription service page.

For more information and advice about recycling, please visit our Bins and recycling page.