Don’t be sad when your tree is down for another year, it can be recycled at one the Household Recycling Centres across Worcestershire.

January 6 is twelfth night and the official last day of Christmas and is also when tradition says we should take down our decorations and Christmas trees. 

Some people even consider it bad luck to keep the tree and decorations up more than twelve days after Christmas.

But what do you do with your real Christmas tree once it’s taken down?  Whether you are following the twelfth night tradition or not, once your tree is down make sure you take it to your nearest Household Recycling Centre where it can be sent for composting. 

Residents can use any of the 11 Household Recycling Centres across Worcestershire.

To find out the location of your nearest recycling centre, opening times and what range of materials each centre accepts, please visit

All the Household Recycling Centres across the county are free for residents of Worcestershire to use and accept a wide variety of household materials for recycling, as well as green waste like your old Christmas tree. 

St Richard’s Hospice also offer a collection service for people in WR postcodes in return for a donation.  If you would rather recycle your tree this way visit

In addition to green waste, paper and card packaging, you can take along any extra plastic containers and cans that you can’t fit in your recycling bin. 

There’s a whole host of items you can take, such as unwanted electrical equipment, clothing, bric-a-brac and bikes that can be reused by local charities to raise vital funds.  Please check for which sites and what items they are able to reuse.

Councillor Tony Miller, cabinet member for the Environment at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Household Recycling Centres are a great way to help the post- Christmas clear up. 

"Taking a trip to local recycling centre can make sure the things you don’t need any more can go where they’ll be of use either by being recycled or gain a new lease of life benefitting both local communities and the environment.”