2018 has come and gone, and upon its arrival, 2019 brings with it a renewed sense of feng shui.
Time to rid your home of the moulting festive shrubbery and the baubles to go with it. But where does one responsibly dispose of the symbol of seasons new? Plenty of places, as it happens.
Local authorities around the country have arranged for drop-off points where you can do away with your Christmas tree for free. However, these are available for limited periods only.
In the Dublin area, Dublin City Council is offering free Christmas tree recycling until 20 January in the following places:
- Ringsend, Pigeon House Road
- Fairview, Clontarf Road
- Glasnevin, Albert College
- Finglas, Mellows Park depot
- Collins Avenue depot
- Croke Park, Cusack stand
Please note – Milltown Car Park and Walkinstown Green are no longer a Christmas tree drop off points. Opening hours can be found here.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will also be accepting one Christmas tree per car from 2 Wednesday – 13 Sunday of January in:
- Blackrock Park (Phoenix Terrance Entrance)
- Killiney Hill Car Park
- Cabinteely Park car park
- Marlay Park, Grange Road Car Park
- dlr Parks Deppt, Sandyford Road (near Kilcross Estate)
- Shanganagh Recycling Centre Car Park
- Dún Laoghaire, West Pier
- Sandyford Road near Kilcross estate
In the South Dublin County Council area, the following recycling locations are available to the public from Wednesday, 2 January – Friday, 11 January:
- Lucan (Beechpark open space, Sarsfield Park open space, Hayden's Lane Car Park in Griffeen Valley Park, Foxborough open space)
- Palmerstown (Glenaulin Park, Woodfarm Acres).
- Clondalkin( Corkagh Park at St Johns Road car park, Corkagh Park at Green Isle car park at the caravan park entrance, Collinstown Park, Quarryvale Park, Foxdene open space, Grand Canal open space at the junction of Bawnogue and Lockview roads)
- Tallaght (Raheen open space opposite Raheen Shopping Centre; Seán Walsh Park – storage area behind Old Bawn Community College, near Parks Depot off Whitestown Way)
- Greenhills (Tymon Park, Limekiln car park, Tymon Park, Tymon North Road car park)
- Old Bawn (Church car park beside the shopping centre)
- Firhouse (Car park at Cherryfield, the car park at Dodder Valley Park, Firhouse Road opposite Woodlawn Estate)
- Rathfarnham (Rathfarnham Castle Park – car park)
- Saggart (Parks Depot on Mill Lane)
In the Fingal County Council area, Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge from 1 January – 15 January at the following locations:
Balbriggan/Skerries/Rush/Lusk (tel. 01 890 5321)
- Bath Road Car Park, Balbriggan
- Red Island Carpark, Skerries
- Hayestown Open Space, Rush
- Orlynn Park Entrance, Access from Dublin Road, Lusk
Swords/Donabate/Portrane (tel. 01 890 5625 /01 890 5946)
- Estuary Recycling Centre (normal opening hours only)
- The Square, Donabate
- The Brook, Portrane
- Santry Demesne Car Park
- Charlestown Open Space, Charlestown
Malahide/Portmarnock/Baldoyle/Howth (tel. 01 890 5625 /01 890 5946)
- Public Car Park, Back Road, Malahide Demesne
- Public Car Park, Strand Road, Portmarnock
- Kinsealy Court, Kinsealy
- The Banks Car Park, Malahide
- Seagrange Park, Baldoyle
- Sutton Park, Sutton
- Harbour Car Park, Howth
Blanchardstown/Castleknock (tel. 01 870 4599)
Millennium Park Car Park, Snugborough Road Extension, Coolmine – park opening hours only
Cork City Council is accepting trees until January at the following locations:
- The Civic Amenity Recycling Centre on Kinsale Road
- Ballinlough Park adjacent to Gus Healy Swimming Pool
- Clashduv Park, Togher adjacent to bring site
- Green at junction of Murmount Road and Iona Road
- Montenotte; Green adjacent to Sam Allen Sports Complex, Knockfree Avenue, Gurranabraher
- There are also bring sites in most larger towns such as Clonakilty, Bandon, Mallow, Youghal, Bantry and Skibbereen.
And for those slightly further afield, Cork County Council is accepting trees free of charge until 31 January in the following places:
- Macroom Civic Amenity
- Raffeen Civic Amenity Centre
- Rossmore Civic Amenity Centre
- Bandon Recycling Centre
- Youghal Civic Amenity & Landfill Site
- Clonakilty Recycling Centre
- Castletownbere Recycling Centre
- Derryconnell Recycling Centre
- Kanturk Recycling Centre
- Millstreet Recycling Centre
- Mallow Recycling Centre
Those interested in disposing of trees should contact their local collection depot to check for opening times.
As for Galway, you can recycle trees at the below areas from Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January during normal working hours:
- Oranmore, Community Centre beside GAA pitch
- Mountbellow, Black Quarry, Mountbellow – Ballinasloe Road
- Headford, Council Yard beside Mart
- Loughrea Fairgreen, Courthouse Road
- Courthouse Road
- An Cheathrú Rua, Halla Éinne
- Maigh Cuilinn, Behind the bringbanks on Mountain Road
- Gort, Council Yard on Georges Street
- Tuam Recycling Centre, Athenry Road
- Athenry Public Car Park beside Kenny Park
- Portumna, beside bringbanks on Castle Avenue
- Clifden Ball Alley, Beach Road
- Oughterard, Car Park
- Ballinasloe, Canal Drive
- Milltown, Council Yard
Christmas trees can be left for recycling at the following locations in County Kildare from Saturday, 5 January – Saturday, 19 January 2019:
- Athy, Meeting Lane
- Clane, GAA Club
- Maynooth, Council Depot, Leinster Street
- Naas, Fairgreen
- Newbridge, Council Nursery, Naas Road
- Monasterevin Soccer Club, Barrett Park, Canal Road (open to the public on Saturday 5 and Saturday 12 Jan only).
Please note that only Christmas trees will be accepted at the above locations, other green waste, Christmas tree stands, etc. will not be accepted.
Councillors are also reminding patrons to check with your local council to see when exactly your drop off depot is open, as leaving Christmas trees abandoned after these dates will result is an infliction of the provision of the Litter Pollution Acts 1997 - 2009.
Christmastreedublin.com is also an alternative for those living in Dublin with no means to transport their tree.
What they're offering to do is collect your tree and recycle it for use as mulch – for a fee.
Their ordering system for collections will open in January and you can order your collection then. Prices begin at €14.99. The company then shreds the tree with the resulting mulch used in the landscaping side of its business.
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