Councils will take your Christmas trees away

BURTON LATIMER  Bosworth's Garden Centre. Launch of the council's Christmas Tree recycling scheme. Real Christmas trees can be left next to the recycling bins ready for kerbside collection from January 9th l-r Sam Bosworth (Bosworth's Garden Centre), with councillors Ruth Groome, Derek Zanger, Ian Jelley with Father Christmas. 'Tuesday, 29 November 2011
BURTON LATIMER Bosworth's Garden Centre. Launch of the council's Christmas Tree recycling scheme. Real Christmas trees can be left next to the recycling bins ready for kerbside collection from January 9th l-r Sam Bosworth (Bosworth's Garden Centre), with councillors Ruth Groome, Derek Zanger, Ian Jelley with Father Christmas. 'Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Decorations are being packed away for another year and the last of the left-over turkey has been crammed into sandwiches.

Christmas will be officially over as people celebrate Twelfth Night later this week.

And to help the transition into 2012, councils across the north of the county are offering advice on how to recycle real Christmas trees.

Kettering Council is offering a free recycling service to residents. People can leave their tree next to either their grey bin or blue or red recycling boxes on their normal recycling collection day and the council will take it away and recycle it.

Trees will be collected for two weeks, starting on Monday.

Brendan Coleman, the council’s head of environmental care services, said: “Sometimes after Christmas, disposing of your real tree can seem like a lot of trouble – it’s looking a little tired and balding and recycling it can seem like a lot of hassle.

“Our recycling vehicles visit every home in the borough and by collecting real Christmas trees alongside people’s normal recycling we’re hoping to remove some of the hassle from recycling your real tree.”

The council visited garden centres last year selling real trees and provided leaflets for customers giving information on how to recycle their tree.

People in Corby can put their trees in their green bin and, providing the lid closes fully, the town’s council will take it away for recycling on normal collection days.

Members of East Northamptonshire Council’s Green Waste Club can cut up their trees and put them in their brown bins.

For an annual fee of £28.50 including delivery, the council provides club members with a 240-litre brown wheelie bin for garden waste. For details about how to become a member go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Anybody who does not have a brown bin should take their tree to any of Northamptonshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Wellingborough residents are also being asked to use the recycling centres.

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