Free service will take away Christmas trees

Pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Kettering, help to recycle trees in 2012
Pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Kettering, help to recycle trees in 2012
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Residents will be helped to recycle their old Christmas trees under a scheme which will be introduced at the start of next week.

Kettering Borough Council has announced it will take away all trees left outside homes in the borough for two weeks, from Monday, January 7.

A spokesman said it hoped the initiative would also encourage people to get into the habit of recycling more of their household waste. In January 2012, 2,260 Christmas trees were collected from outside people’s houses.

To benefit from the service, all residents need to do is to place their tree alongside either their grey bin or their blue or red recycling boxes on your normal recycling collection day. Residents can also easily recycle their Christmas cards in their red recycling box.

“Sometimes after Christmas disposing of your real Christmas tree can seem like a lot of trouble,” said Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care Services at Kettering Borough Council.

“It’s no longer got its new gleaming needles, nor is it conveniently wrapped to transport home, instead 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 collection we are hoping to remove some of the hassle from recycling your real tree.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder said: “This is just another example of how we are trying to make it as easy and simple as possible for people to recycle.”

To find out more about recycling, including your collection day and what you can recycle and how please visit www.kettering.gov.uk/recycling or call or visit the council’s customer service team who will be happy to help.