Where to get rid of that Christmas tree

Galway Daily news Free Christmas Tree recycling in Galway County

Now that the season is past and it’s dropped a layer of needles that’ll take weeks to get all of, it’s time to start thinking about getting rid of the Christmas tree.

Assuming you’re not going to use it for firewood, or going through the bother of getting a woodchipper, there are plenty of spots in Galway where you can dispose of your Christmas tree free of charge.

In Galway city, the city council is has two depots where people can drop off their tree for recycling.

Hunters Depot at Lough Rusheen on the Barna Road, and Merlin Woods Depot off the Doughiska road.

They are open from 9am to 3pm until Saturday, January 12.

Or if you’re still riding high on some of that season’s charity you can bring your Christmas tree by NUI Galway in aid of Galway Hospice.

The hospice are recycling trees to raise funds at a temporary facility set up beside the engineering building on the campus.

This is open from 5-7pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays until Saturday, January 19.

Outside the city Galway County Council is providing free Christmas tree recycling at multiple spot around the county.

  • Athenry: Public Car Park beside Kenny Park
  • Ballinasloe: Canal Drive, Ballinasloe
  • Clifden: Ball Alley, Beach Road 
  • An Cheathrú Rua: Halla Éinne 
  • Gort: Council Yard, Georges St.
  • Loughrea: Fairgreen, Courthouse Road 
  • Mountbellew: Black Quarry, Mountbellew – Ballinasloe Road (Near 50km speed limit sign)
  • Milltown: Council Yard, Milltown 
  • Oughterard: Car Park, Oughterard 
  • Maigh Cuilinn: Behind the bringbanks on Mountain Road
  • Portumna: Beside bringbanks, Castle Avenue
  • Tuam: Recycling Centre, Athenry Road
  • Headford: Council Yard beside Mart
  • Oranmore: Oranmore Community Centre beside GAA Pitch

These are open until Friday, January 11.

Both services by Galway city and county councils are for domestic householders only.