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Recycle Christmas Trees for free

The Liberty learns about recycling live Christmas trees for free at various locations throughout Dublin.

Christmas is just around the corner, with shining decorations across Dublin City and the Dublin Winter Lights illuminating 21 iconic City Centre locations.  

However, when it is time to start counting down to 2022 and ready to say goodbye to their Christmas, many might be worried about how to get rid of their Christmas trees and bright decorations. 

Put those worries to rest, as Dublin City Council will be offering a free tree recycling service at specific locations across the city.

The intent is to foster a circular economy, encouraging Dublin’s citizens to recycle responsibly and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or recovery. 

Dublin City Council collected almost 160 tonnes of Christmas trees last year. These trees were sent for recycling to be made into wood pellets or mulch.  

“It takes from 6 to 12 years to grow a Christmas tree from seed.”

– SID DALY, DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
Dublin Winter Lights illuminating the General Post Office (Photo by Injae Kang)

“An artificial tree can be reused for a number of years. However, they are generally made from plastic and are not recyclable,” says Sid Daly of Dublin City Council.  

“They’re also usually imported so there are carbon footprint issues to consider. Real trees are usually locally grown and can be replanted or recycled for use as wood pellets or mulch. It takes from 6 to 12 years to grow a Christmas tree from seed, during which time they absorb carbon. 

“It is even possible to get live Christmas trees in pots that can be replanted after Christmas. There are other sustainable alternatives such as wall art trees, wooden artificial trees or decorating a plant or tree that you might already have in your home.”

Christmas trees can be recycled free of charge at these Dublin locations from the 6th to the 23rd of January 2022: 

  • Clontarf Road All Weather Pitches Car Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3 
  • Ringsend Civic Amenity Site, Pigeon House Road, Dublin 4 
  • Sandymount Strand Car Park, Strand Road, Dublin 4 
  • Oscar Traynor Road Bring Centre, Oscar Traynor Road, Dublin 5 
  • Rathmines Bring Centre, Gullistan Terrace, Dublin 6 
  • Grangegorman Bring Centre, Grangegorman Road Upper, Dublin 7 
  • Liffey Gaels GAA Club, Sarsfield Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 
  • Albert College Park, Whitehall, Dublin 9 
  • Collins Avenue Bring Centre, Collins Avenue Extension, Dublin 9 
  • Mellowes Park Depot, Mellowes Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 
  • Windmill Road Bring Centre, Windmill Road, Dublin 12 

The locations are open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and on Sundays (9th, 16th and 23rd January 2022) from 10am to 2pm.  

“We’re very happy to have reached an agreement with Liffey Gaels GAA Club in Kilmainham to use their car park as an additional Christmas tree drop off site this year, as there has been no official drop off point in Dublin 8 in the recent years,” says Daly.  

“Windmill Road Bring Centre in Crumlin is also close by in terms of Christmas tree disposal, and of course you can dispose of your plastic and cardboard packaging as well as glass and textiles at Marrowbone Lane.”  

For more information contact: 01 222 2222 or customerservices@dublincity.ie 

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