If you were on team #realtrees this Christmas (vs. fake plastic trees), you might be wondering where to dispose of and/or recycle your Christmas tree in Hong Kong. The good news is, the Environmental Protection Department has been running a Natural Christmas Tree (NCT) recycling programme for the past couple of years now.
From 2-5 January 2022, you’ll be able to drop off your Christmas tree at recycling depots across Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, where it will be taken toY·PARK (the yard waste recycling centre in Tuen Mun) and processed into various products by reusing, recycling or upcycling the trees into decorations, wooden furniture, wood art products, and more.
Trees that need to be dropped off before 2 January 2022 and between 6-19 January 2022 can be taken directly to Y·PARK during operating hours (9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday).
How to prep your Christmas tree for recycling
Only Christmas trees with a height of 2m and under will be accepted, and all lighting, stands, decoration and tape should be removed before delivery. The EPD also would like to encourage everyone to reuse their festival decorations as much as possible, and to replant their small potted plants such as poinsettias.
Everyone who recycles their Christmas tree will receive an e-certificate and a special gift while stocks last. What’s more – you will also get to register as a GREEN$ member, after which you can earn GREEN$ for redemption of gift items in return for recycling.
For more details on Hong Kong’s Natural Christmas Tree recycling programme, visit wastereduction.gov.hk