Recycling your Christmas tree in Croydon isn’t easy, but Croydon Treecycle is doing something about it!

If you want to recycle your Christmas tree, but don’t want a car full of needles

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or to haul your tree through the streets on foot,

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Today is the deadline to register for Croydon’s paid-for garden waste collection service. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the council’s proposal, green waste collections don’t run over the Christmas period in any case – just when a large number of Croydon households have one very obvious item of green waste for recycling!

Croydon Treecycle say,

“Around 11,000 Christmas trees are dropped off at the council’s designated tree collection points each year, but this likely represents only 10% of the number of ‘real’ Christmas trees in the borough. The other 90% of trees will go to landfill, with each tree costing the council around £2.50 in fees and landfill taxes!

However, Croydon residents are usually pretty good at recycling: In 2013, 44% of Croydon’s household waste was sent for reuse, recycling and composting – better than the national average, and far better than the London average. That’s 44% of household waste, but only 10% of Christmas trees. This compares very poorly with neighbouring Lambeth, where 85 tons of trees were recycled in 2013! Of course, Lambeth operates a kerbside tree collection service, and this is where Croydon Treecycle believes the difference lies.

Croydon Council provides 18 tree collection points around the borough, but expect you to get your Christmas tree there yourself.

If you own a car, this means stuffing the tree into the boot or back seat, risking scratches to yourself and your car’s paintwork, pine needles everywhere, and potentially releasing mould spores into the car environment. Also, consider the environmental impact of one car journey per tree.

If you don’t own a car – and 33% of Croydon households do not – you can either haul the tree through the streets to your collection point, or try taking your tree with you on public transport. For example, for Fairfield residents, a trip from central Croydon to the Oaks Rd / Coombe Rd collection point would mean enjoying a tram ride with your tree, followed by 20mins of hauling on foot. Good luck with that!

The lack of a kerbside collection acts as a barrier to residents’ usual inclination to recycle, so Croydon Treecycle is offering a low-cost collection service. For just £10, Croydon residents can book to have their tree collected from outside their home. No mess, no fuss.”

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Croydon Treecycle is registered with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and is running services on residents’ usual recycling days. Targeting areas in this way allows Croydon Treecycle to minimise the amount of driving each van has to do and therefore, limit its CO2 emissions. If you’d prefer a collection on an alternative day this could be arranged for an additional fee.

Chipping and mulching a Christmas tree reduces by 80% the carbon footprint of the same tree in landfill.

Trees are taken to wood chipping facilities in the south of the borough where they are turned into compost, which will later promote further organic growth and further carbon capture. Chipping and mulching a Christmas tree reduces by 80% the carbon footprint of the same tree in landfill.

Croydon Treecycle say,

It will take time to change the council’s green waste collection policy, but you can take action today by booking a Christmas tree collection from Croydon Treecycle, at

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Croydon Treecycle website has further info, including useful tips on how to take down your Christmas tree.

Find them on Twitter at @CroydnTreecycle


if you’d prefer to opt for the Council’s free collection service, click here for details of free drop-off points and opening hours of Refuse and Recycling Centres.

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Whatever you decide, please do not fly-tip or bin your tree!

Recycle your Christmas Tree in Croydon – 2016 details

Croydon Council is offering the usual arrangements for recycling of Christmas trees again this year.  Christmas trees can be recycled at the council’s Reuse and Recycle Centres or at specific drop off points across the borough.

You have until 9 January 2016 to leave a tree at one of the special drop-off points for collection starting on Sunday January 3.

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Croydon Council say, 

“With almost one million Christmas trees thrown away each year in London alone – and fewer than 10% of those being recycled – it is important that we remember to recycle our tree.

If you opt for a real Christmas tree this year, do not forget to take it to one of the council’s designated recycling collection points between Friday 1 and Saturday 9 January.

At other times, Christmas trees can be taken to any of the council’s reuse and recycling centres – but please remember to remove all tinsel and decorations before taking it to be recycled.”

Trees needing to be disposed of after 9 January can be taken to one of the borough’s three reuse and recycling centres.

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Christmas tree collection points:

Ashburton Ashburton Park, access from Tenterden Road
Coulsdon East Grange Park, Canon’s Hill
Fairfield Oaks Road/Coombe Road car park
Heathfield Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill
Kenley Kenley Residents’ Association, Oaks Road green
New Addington Central Parade car park
New Addington Fisher’s Farm reuse and recycling centre, North Downs Road
Norbury Granville Gardens car park
Purley Upper Woodcote Village RA,Woodcote Village green
Purley Purley Oaks reuse and recycling centre, Brighton Road
Sanderstead Occasionally Yours, Limpsfield Road
Selsdon Selsdon Recreation Ground, access from Woodlands Gardens
Shirley Monks Orchard green
Shirley Shirley Park RA, Green Court Gardens green
South Norwood Whitehorse Meadow, Parry Road
Upper Norwood Secret Garden, Westow Street
Waddon Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way
Waddon Factory Lane reuse and recycling centre, Factory Lane

This service is for recycling Christmas trees only.  Please remove all decorations before leaving your tree for collection.

Reuse and recycling centres locations and opening times:

Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR8 1DG
Monday to Sunday: 8am – 3.30pm

Factory Lane, West Croydon, CR0 3RL
Monday to Saturday: 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 4pm

Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington, CR0 0LB
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm

Alternatively, a local business, Croydon Treecycle, are offering a collection service for £10 from your home on your regular recycling day.  Click here for details.

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Whatever you decide, please don’t fly-tip or bin your tree!

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Croydon Policing Newsletter – Fieldway – December 2015

Here is the newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Fieldway to keep people up to date on policing matters.

There is no need to wait to view these monthly newsletters from your local policing team on our website.  
Just email the SNT, on the email address below, to ask to be added to the circulation list. You’ll receive not only the monthly newsletter but occasional important updates.
Produced by: Fieldway Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8649 1492
Twitter –  was @MPSFieldwaySgt but now @MPSSouthCroydon
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Download a copy here: Fieldway Monthly News Letter (9)

David Lean Cinema – January 2016 screenings

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Bookings for David Lean Screenings

Box office partnership with Wallace Arnold Worldchoice
You can buy tickets at Wallace Arnold Worldchoice at 62 George Street.  They are on the Clocktower side of George Street, close to Wellesley Road but in the section adjacent to North End. Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4.30pm Saturday.

Normal prices will apply to cash or debit card sales, with a small (2%) charge applying to credit card sales. Bookings will be possible at this location from Wednesday 6 May onwards.

David Lean Cinema: how to book
Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (persons aged 60 and over, full time students, claimants and people with disabilities) £6. Bookings can be made:
Online: via our TicketSource pages:

Telephone: Phone 0333 666 3366 (a £1.50 charge applies, which covers any number of tickets). Note that this is specifically a Ticketsource service and staff cannot answer any queries unrelated to bookings.

In person:
At Wallace Arnold Worldchoice: see details above.

Croydon Clocktower: our Clocktower box office, located next to the Arts Bar, is open for one hour before every film. Tickets can be purchased for all films, subject to availability. This location is CASH ONLY.

All the above services close 2.5 hours before any particular film, with the exception of the Clocktower box office.

Wheelchairs: front row places can be booked via all the above methods. If you wish to book a complimentary seat for a helper, please request this by emailing:

Facebook and Twitter

Overy 700 supporters now receive news via our Facebook page, which is a useful resource for anyone interested in screening updates, photo albums and the latest press coverage.

For additional reminders and film-related news, follow us on Twitter: @SaveDavidLean

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Policing Newsletter – Addiscombe – December 2015

Here’s the monthly local policing team newsletter for Addiscombe.

Why not sign up to receive these monthly newsletters and other updates direct to your inbox?  Just email the SNT on the address below to be added to the circulation list.

Produced by:

Addiscombe Safer Neighbourhoods Team
Email –

Tel – 020 8721 2473

Twitter – @MPSAddiscombe

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Download a copy here: Newsletter Addiscombe December 2015

West Thornton SNT request your help: Anti-Social Behaviour – Thornton Heath Pond, Brigstock Road, Alma Place

Additional to the monthly newsletter from the local policing team, covering the Croydon council ward of West Thornton, this important update has been issued.

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Can you help?

Sergeant Newman writes,


Your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team is in the process of investigating the cause of ASB around Thornton Heath Pond, Brigstock Road & Alma Place on Friday & Saturday evenings.

In short, we need your help!

Can I ask that any information you have be shared with the team. 

If your complaint relates to noise can I also ask you contact Croydon Council.  
Their details are as follows:
Office hours:
020 8760 5483
Out of hours:
020 8726 6000 option 4

Kind Regards
Sergeant Jamie Newman
West Thornton SNT.”
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Why wait to see the monthly newsletter and these important updates?

You can receive the monthly updates by emailing the local policing team on the email above to request being added to the email list.

West Thornton Safer Neighbourhood Team

Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2711 and new mobile 07920 233 884