Lambeth: Christmas collection changes, Christmas tree recycling & sustainable festive tips

1 December 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

News and announcements

Over this Christmas and New Year Holiday period, Lambeth Council is reminding residents that there will be changes to recycling and rubbish collections, and that the free Christmas tree collection service is returning again.


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Lambeth: Christmas collection changes, Christmas tree recycling & sustainable festive tips

With Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, collection dates will be subject to change from December 26 until January 6. For the up-to-date schedule visit the council website at

Reuse and recycling centres

During the holidays, Vale Street Reuse and Recycling Centre will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but open on New Year’s Day. Smuggler’s Way Reuse and Recycling Centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas tree recycling

Our waste collection crew will collect Christmas tree for free and residents are asked to put them close to their bins on your collection day when they are ready for disposal. The council turns the trees into compost for local agriculture and gardening. Decorations, lights and pots should be removed from trees before they go out because they aren’t recyclable.

Due to high demand for Christmas tree collections may need to be staggered. If any are not collected residents are asked to take them inside and put them back out for the following weeks service. To urgently dispose of a Christmas tree, they can be dropped at a collection point off Windmill Drive, Clapham Common from January 2 to 12, 2024.

Sustainable festive tips

Households produce a large volume of extra waste over the festive season and the council is supporting residents to recycle as much as possible.

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air said: “Christmas is a joyful but we can all end up with lots of rubbish to throw away. We’re encouraging our residents to think about recycling and waste minimisation tips to help Lambeth’s efforts to reduce on our carbon footprint.”

Ways to cut down both spending and environmental impact can include:

  • Hand-make gifts and decorations
  • Use brown paper or newspaper for wrapping and add a rustic touch with string
  • Buy local to support independent businesses
  • Avoid glitter, it’s filled with microplastics harmful to our oceans
  • Plan cooking and store leftovers
  • Minimize fast fashion waste by buying second-hand
  • Repair or refurbish old tech; consider buying second-hand or refurbished items
  • Dispose of electrical items and batteries responsibly. Visit
  • Recycle as much as possible. Check Lambeth’s A-Z Guide for clarity