Schemes to recycle your Christmas trees

Christmas tree recycling
Christmas tree recycling

CHRISTMAS-tree recycling schemes have been launched in Hucknall with the aim of protecting the environment after the festive season.

Ashfield District Council is offering to collect used real Christmas trees so they can be used to make compost.

The service is available from next Monday (January 9) and must be pre-arranged by calling 0800 1838484. The trees will be collected on the same day as a household’s bin is emptied.

In the meantime, Notts County Council is behind ‘Treecycle’ — an initiative that encourages residents to drop off their real trees at the waste and recycling centre off Wigwam Lane in Hucknall and raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL) at the same time.

The trees will be shredded for composting or chipped for use in parks and gardens.

As an added incentive, the county council’s waste contractor, Veolia Environmental Services, has pledged to donate £100 for every 50 tonnes of trees recycled. The cash will go to the chosen charity of the council chairman, Coun Keith Walker (Con), which is the RBL.

Coun Walker said: “The Legion is an excellent charity and we hope to raise as much money as possible for our veterans and their families. I ask all residents to recycle their tree to help make a real difference.”

Last year, the scheme resulted in the recycling of 900 tonnes of trees.

n OUR PHOTO shows Coun Walker (second from right) at the launch of ‘Treecycle’ with (from left) his wife Inga, the local branch chairman of the RBL, John Jackson, British Army veterans and RBL supporters Les Allsopp and Bob Privett and also the managing director of Veolia, Steve Mitchell.