Merton kicks off New Year with Christmas tree recycle

Merton Council is to start its major tree chipping operation this week. Offering free Christmas tree collection from 6 January, the council will chip the trees in Morden Park and use the chippings as a mulch to spread on the flower beds in the borough’s parks. The mulch will suppress weed growth and help the soil to retain moisture.

To take advantage of the free collections, residents should remove decorations and leave the trees outside the front of their property (not on the pavement) by 6am from 6 January.

A council waste services vehicle will be collecting the Christmas trees from every street in the borough with the aim of collecting all the trees by 22 January. The council will try to replant as many Christmas trees with roots as possible in suitable places around the borough.

Christmas trees for collection must be visible from the road but must not be left on public land such as the pavement, verge, green or highway. Alternatively, residents with cars can take their tree directly to the council’s recycling centres in Garth Road, Morden or Weir Road, Wimbledon.

Last year over 10,000 trees were collected and recycled in this way, weighing approximately 60 tonnes.

Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “We want our residents to take advantage of this free Christmas tree collection as it will mean that, instead of going to landfill, the trees will benefit our local environment as mulch to improve the growing conditions in parks around the borough. No Christmas tree need go to waste this year. That’s why we will also be replanting around the borough some of the trees that we collect with roots.”

Residents who have not had their tree collected by 22 January should call 020 8274 4902.

For further information regarding recycling or waste issues, contact Merton Council on 020 8274 4902 or visit