CHRISTMAS is now rapidly becoming a distant memory and seasonal trees are being taken down.
But the message to Hucknall residents is that the trees can still play a useful role to raise much-needed money for charity.
Householders are urged to take their no-longer-wanted real Christmas trees to the waste recycling centre on the town’s Wigwam Lane.
Alternatively, they can be deposited at any of the 14 other household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) run by Notts County Council’s refuse contractors, Veolia Environmental Services.
Veolia’s regional communications manager, Kevin Parker, said: “All the trees which come to our centres are either chipped to make paths in parks and gardens or are shredded for composting.”
Christmas trees, along with any other green garden waste, can be recycled at the HWRCs throughout the year — and until the end of January a special initiative will be in operation.
Veolia will donate £100 for every 50 tonnes of Christmas trees and garden waste received at the centres to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
This is the chosen charity of the county council chairman, Coun Carol Pepper (Con), who said: “This is an excellent charity and I hope to raise as much as I possibly can for patients of the cystic fibrosis centre and their families.
“I would urge all residents to recycle their real Christmas trees. They can rest assured that this will help make a real difference to people who need their help.”
Mr Parker said people of Hucknall and the rest of Nottinghamshire could make a New Year resolution to reduce, re-use or recycle their waste.
He stressed: “This will help the environment, make you feel good and help you to save money. After all, such a resolution can be easier and last longer than dieting!”
Mr Parker pointed out that as well as kitchen waste, the recycling could apply to bathroom items such as plastic shampoo bottles.