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What to do of my Christmas Tree in Paris ?

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Where to throw his Christmas tree in Paris ?


For a month, your living room has hosted a Christmas tree shining brightly. You got accostumed to its festive presence, but now that the pine needles are falling on your carpet you know that the party is over. So, what should you do about this cumbersome guest?

To help expatriate tenants in Paris as well as the owners of furnished apartments in Paris, Paris Rental has done a research on the subject.

Here are some good ecological gestures for your deserving Christmas tree:

From December 26, 2019 to January 26, 2020, you can drop your tree in one of the 195 collection sites selected in Paris. 


To find the closest site to where you live, check out this page on the Paris City Hall website

Beware: For a tree left on the sidewalk, the fee is €150!

Trees must be delivered without bag, decoration, flocking or painting. (These trees will be crushed and the material obtained will be used in the gardens of the city).

You own a terrace or a garden and you bought a potted tree in order to replant it.  


Excellent ecological idea, however be sure to carefully choose the place in your garden or the load allowed on your terrace, knowing that in forty years your tree could reach 50 meters! So, if the surface of your land or the load limit allowed on your terrace are not adequate, better call your city hall, for many cities in France - and why not Paris?- organize plantations on communal grounds.

Bring your Christmas tree back to the store! 


Have you kept your receipt? If so, several gardening or hardware stores will take back your trees with a gift at hand for you:

  • The Botanic store also encourages its customers to bring back their fir tree between January 2nd and January 31st, 2020. You will be given a voucher of 10 euros (keep your receipt, if possible), valid for the next 30 days on any purchase amounting 50 € or more.

Finally, if you are on the outskirts of Paris, you can put your tree in a recycling center. 


More and more municipalities are organizing recycling operations. Some of them collect the trees, take them to a recycling center where they are transformed into compost spread in municipal parks and gardens.

For more information, consult the French association of the natural Christmas tree (AFSNN). .

Good to know: The grinded fir is a natural weed killer, thanks to its anti-germinative properties. Conifers are transformed into green compost used to fortify the grounds of gardens and orchards.

Your tree thanks you for giving it another useful life! 


Photo credits to @BrickUnderground