Now that it’s all over, don’t just chuck your trees and cards – recycle them!

The Hesslegrave family recycle their tree in Berkhamsted, January 2013
The Hesslegrave family recycle their tree in Berkhamsted, January 2013

All the presents have been unwrapped, the fresh alpine scent is fading and there’s an increasing number of pine needles on the floor – you know it’s time to dispose of your Christmas tree.

For the 17th year running, Dacorum Borough Council is offering people the chance to turn their trees into useful bedding for plants in the garden.

People can take their old trees along to three different recycling points on Sunday, January 5, where they will be chipped for free on site. Those wanting to take their chippings away must bring their own bag, and any leftover chippings will be used on flowerbeds throughout the borough.

Chipping stations will be at Water Lane car park behind Tesco in Berkhamsted and the council’s Cupid Green Depot on Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, between 9.30am and 4pm.

Trees can be dropped off at Tring Garden Centre in Bulbourne Road between 10.30am and 4.30pm on the same day, but they won’t be chipped until the next day. Those who want to collect their chippings are invited to bring a bag on Monday, January 6, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

The service continues to be very popular, and has garnered support from scout groups in Tring and Berkhamsted.

1st Tring Scouts and 1st Berkhamsted Scouts will collect trees from people’s homes and take them to the chipping stations in return for a minimum donation of £3 to their charitable group.

To organise a collection, Tring residents should email and those living in Berkhamsted – not including Northchurch and the surrounding villages – should email

Dacorum Borough Council reminds people that Christmas and greetings cards should not be placed in the green wheelie bins or paper recycling bins as they will contaminate the paper load if they contain foil or glitter.

Cards can be recycled all year round at household waste recycling centres in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead, and Northbridge Road in Berkhamsted.

Supermarkets in Dacorum that are running Christmas card recycling schemes this year are Asda, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s.

More information on festive recycling can be found here.