Thousands of residents have made a green start to 2017 by taking part in our Christmas tree recycling day on Sunday 8 January.
In partnership with 1st Berkhamsted Scouts, 1st Potten End Scouts and 1st Tring Scouts groups, this successful event has been running for more 20 years, with this year proving to be the most popular year yet.
Collectively, the Scout groups picked up trees from more than 1,000 homes, which were then brought to recycling sites in Berkhamsted, Tring and Hemel Hempstead. Undeterred by the cold and drizzly weather, each area also attracted hundreds of drive-by recyclers, with people arriving with their trees from as early as 8.30am.
Trees arrived in a variety of weird and wonderful ways, some were strapped to roof-racks or wrapped in duvet covers, whilst others were chopped up and stuffed into flower pots, green bins or boxes. Some residents impressed the shredding crews by bringing their trees along on foot. Children of all ages were excited to see the chippers in action as they waved a final farewell to their festive trees.
Craig Thorpe, Group Manager for Environmental Services, said, “Many people come back to recycle their Christmas trees with us year after year - it's great to know that recycling with us has become part of their yearly festive traditions. The Scout groups put in a tremendous amount of effort in making this community event run smoothly and their hard work does not go unnoticed. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to recycle their Christmas trees this year."
Over 15 tonnes of wood chips were created and made available to those who had brought their trees in. These chippings proved very popular with green-fingered residents, with hundreds of sacks being given away. Melanie Parr, Environmental Awareness Officer, said: “It’s so nice to hear from returning residents that they enjoy reusing their tree chippings each year on their gardens. Reportedly, the chippings are a great weed preventative.”
Remember, you can still recycle your real Christmas tree at any of Hertfordshire County Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres, which are located in Eastman Way in Hemel Hempstead and in Northbridge Road in Berkhamsted. Please don't leave your trees at any of the borough’s other recycling sites, as this will be treated as fly-tipping.
If you're looking for more ways to be green this 2017, check out our useful hints and tips page.
Advice about recycling, collections and what can go in your different bins is available on our bins and recycling homepage or by calling 01442 228000 and asking for Waste Services.