Garden Waste Scheme

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Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree?

'Real' trees are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings which can be used locally in parks or woodland areas.

South Holland would like to see more trees recycled and therefore we are offering a separate Christmas Tree collection service from 14th January which will be free to those subscribed to garden waste, or available for a £10 one off fee for those who are not. You can join our Garden Waste scheme via the link above.

To receive this special service you will need to sign up between now and Monday 7th January to ensure your tree is collected.

Request Real Christmas Tree Collection

Sign up is required for both those subscribed to garden waste and those who need to pay the one off collection fee, as collection will be separate to the usual Garden Waste dates and times.

Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and any pots or stands, and to leave your tree at the householder's usual collection points.

Artificial trees are made from a combination of materials and therefore cannot be recycled. Unwanted trees in good condition may be accepted by charity shops for re-sale and re-use, or please take to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Christmas Tree Collection Service Terms and Conditions

The Garden Waste Scheme will cost £49 for 24 collections throughout the year on a fortnightly basis (with the exception of the Christmas period) plus a £15 charge to cover delivery, repairs and loan of the bin, newsletters and further offers.

Purple plastic sacks can be provided to properties not in the area of the Garden Waste Scheme to be collected by the refuse freighter.

The charge for paper and purple sacks is the same, £15 for 10 sacks (plus £5 delivery). 

Wheeled bins, paper sacks or purple sacks will be delivered within 10 working days of a successful application.


  • dump it in a dyke, field or on the roadside (flytipping)
  • present garden waste for collection in domestic black sacks as it will not be taken;
  • have a bonfire that has a detrimental impact on the environment. Please see bonfire advice

What materials will be collected?

  • General Garden Waste
  • Grass cuttings
  • Tree and shrub cuttings
  • Small branches - up to 2" (50mm) in diameter.
  • Shrubs
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Weeds
  • Prunings
  • Roots
  • Hedge trimmings

No other materials will be accepted. If the wrong materials are put out for collection, the container will be stickered asking you to remove the unacceptable items. The container will then be emptied on the next scheduled collection day.

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