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South Holland District Council offers Christmas tree recycling service

If you’re already wondering what the best way to dispose of your ‘real’ Christmas tree is, South Holland District Council has the answer with its recycling service.

The service will be available to residents across the district who register before January 7. Collection will begin on January 14 and be free to those subscribed to the garden waste service, whether an existing or new customer, or available for a £10 one-off fee for those who are not.

Part of the reason for the move is the council’s ambition to see more trees recycled after the festive period. They can then be shredded into chipping for use in local parks or woodland areas.

Christmas tree (6152048)
Christmas tree (6152048)

The collection will be separate to the usual garden waste dates and will take place from January 14 until the 23. Trees should be left at the householder’s usual collection points, be under eight feet in height and have no tinsel, lights, pots, stands or other decorations left with them.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place, said: “It’s important that we put our waste to the best use possible, and the festive period is a particularly busy time to ensure we are recycling as much as we can, whether it’s food packaging, decorations, or indeed Christmas trees.

“This scheme is a great chance for residents to dispose of their trees in a convenient and environmentally friendly way, and also another perk of our ever-popular garden waste scheme. It would be brilliant to get as many households signed up as we can over the next month, and to ensure that every spruce is put to good use.”

Collections can only be booked and paid for in advance online. To register for the scheme, or if you want to sign up for the garden waste scheme for just £49 a year, visit www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste before January 7.

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