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Record number of recycled Christmas trees collected

H&F residents recycled a record number of Christmas trees last month.

More than 75 tonnes of the festive firs were collected from roadsides and collection points across the borough – an increase of 16 per cent on last year.

Since the Christmas tree recycling service was launched in 2011/12, the amount of trees collected has grown year-on-year.

“These figures are fantastic and I would like to thank all the residents who recycled their trees and H&F staff who worked hard to pick them up in record numbers," said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“These trees can now be mulched and used for other practical purposes, rather than literally going to waste.”

In 2011/12, 52.72 tonnes of trees were collected. This has grown each year to 64.90 tonnes which were collected last year.

Year Weight of Christmas trees collected (tonnes)
2011/12 52.72
2012/13 59.74
2013/14 60.38
2014/15 64.90
2015/16 75.32

H&F Council had three crews working tirelessly across the borough to collect all the trees. Their work covers the same route as 12 refuse collection rounds and resulted in them often working into the dark evenings.

Some trees had to be reported after having been left out for collection complete with lights and decorations still intact. Unfortunately, those trees have to be disposed of as waste as they cannot be recycled.H&F Council had three crews working tirelessly across the borough to collect all the trees. Their work covers the same route as 12 refuse collection rounds and resulted in them often working into the dark evenings.

The high volume of trees put out for collection this year resulted in a slight delay to the pick-up schedule, however an increased number of vehicles has been planned for next year to address this.