The council is calling on residents to ensure their Christmas trees stay green even after turning brown - by using one of the borough's free recycling banks.

Croydon's 23 temporary recycling points will be open until Saturday January 11, six days after superstition dictates that you should take down your decorations.

From January 12 trees can be disposed of at the borough's three permanent recycling centres.
Decorations, pots and stands should be removed before trees are recycled.

Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: "The borough’s recycling figures continue to improve thanks to the help of local residents.

"The Christmas and New Year period generates a lot of extra waste, so it’s an important time of year to reinforce the recycling message.

"That’s why we’ve made things as easy as possible for residents to recycle as much as they can, and to carry on their great work into 2014 and beyond."

Christmas tree recycling points:

Ashburton park, access from Tenterden Road

Co-op Supermarket car park, Lower Addiscombe Road

Broad Green
Homebase, Purley Way

Lion Green Road car park
Grange Park, Canon's Hill

Oaks Road/Coombe Road car park

Addington Park car park, Gravel Hill

Kenley Residents' Association, Oaks Road green

New Addington          
Central Parade car park
Fisher’s Farm Reuse and Recycling Centre, North Downs Road

Granville Gardens car park

Upper Woodcote Village Residents' Association, Woodcote Village green
Purley Oaks Reuse and Recycling Centre, Brighton Road

Occasionally Yours, Limpsfield Road

Selsdon Recreation Ground (access from Woodlands Gardens)

Monks Orchard Green
Shirley Park Residents' Association, Green Court Gardens green

South Norwood          
Sainsbury's, Whitehorse Lane

Upper Norwood
Secret Garden, Westow Street

Factory Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, Factory Lane
Morrisons car park, Purley Way
Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way