How to dispose of your Christmas tree?

Published on 28 December 2021


If you wonder how to dispose of your Christmas tree, here is some handy info.

Christmas tree collection made fun in Haarlem and Zandvoort


The municipality of Haarlem arranges a Christmas tree collection on December 29th, January 5th, and 12th, between 12.30 p.m. – 4 pm., in collaboration with Spaarnelanden.

To avoid Christmas trees lying around in the streets and attracting litter, kids up to age 15 can collect as many Christmas trees. In return, they will receive 0,50 Euro cents plus a small voucher. With this voucher, they have a chance to win 500 Euro, intended for a class activity or a charity.

Next to this first prize, there are also 100 10 Euro vouchers which kids can win.

The winners will be mentioned on this page of the Spaarnelanden website on January 14th.

Winners are asked to contact Spaarnelanden before January 21st by sending an e-mail to They have to send a picture of their winning voucher. Furthermore, they have to leave their name, address, phone number, name of the school, and group.

The award ceremony is on Wednesday, January 26th by alderman Eva de Raadt.

When you are 16 years or older, you can also dispose of Christmas trees in the different designated locations. However, you will not be eligible for the 0,50 Euro cents per tree and the vouchers for the lottery.

Check the designated Haarlem locations.

Children can leave the collected Christmas trees in these locations.


Kids living in Zandvoort can leave their collected Christmas trees on January 12th, between 1 p.m. – 3.30 p.m at the designated Zandvoort locations.

Children can win a VVV Gift Voucher with a value of 5 Euro.

Winners will be mentioned on this page of the Spaarnelanden website on January 17th.

They have to contact Spaarnelanden by sending a picture of the winning voucher plus their name, phone number to

Check the designated Zandvoort locations.


NOTE: Do NOT leave collected Christmas trees in the front garden or the street before you bring them to the designated locations by order of the fire department. It could create a fire hazard.

Municipality of Bloemendaal and municipality of Heemstede

Click here, type in your postal code and house number to see which day you can dispose of your Christmas tree.




On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.