Recycling makes green Christmas

Local Authorities provide facilities to dispose of UK's 7.5 million Christmas Trees

The UK Christmas Tree Growers’ Association has had its “best year ever” with over 7.5 million trees sold. Association secretary Roger Hay said good weather had led to more people going out to buy trees. In response, more local authorities have made provision for trees to be recycled. Deputy mayor of London Nicky Gavron launched the Recycle for London Campaign to encourage people to recycle their Christmas waste. Londoners can type in their postcode at www.recycleforlondon.com to find their nearest Christmas tree recycling depot or collection point. Gavron said: “The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been the greenest ever. It will be used as compost in one of London’s squares and the Blue Peter garden.” Most council websites are displaying information on recycling provision. They include Denbighshire County Council, which is disposing of trees at all its recycling depots. Braintree District Council has teamed up with local businesses, including Wyevale Garden Centres, to provide drop-off points for trees, while Flintshire County Council is asking residents to donate trees for use as wind-breaks on the Gronant and Talacre sand dunes. The Woodland Trust is also tackling Christmas refuse, urging the public to recycle some of the estimated one billion greetings cards sent each year. Collection facilities have been made available at WH Smith and Tesco stores across the UK. Last year, the scheme recycled 45 million cards.

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